The Word Among Us

June 2004 Issue

Being "At Table" with Jesus

How the Mass brings us into intimacy with Jesus and with each other.

By: Fr. Joseph G. Donders

The gospels are full of meals. Some even call it the "eatingest" book in the world. Having meals was one of the ways Jesus made contact with people: his disciples, tax collectors, and sinners, even enormous crowds of women, men, and children. He ate with the young couple in Cana, with Simon the leper, with Martha and Mary, with Matthew, and with Zacchaeus.

What we call Jesus' Last Supper was not really his last one, either. After his resurrection he ate with people in a variety of settings....


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