It’s Friday and usually on Friday nights friends get together for dinner and a movie to unwind from a busy and demanding week. I love dinners with friends. There are arrays of different foods in the Bay Area and its always fun stumbling across new restaurants. But more important than the food, the company is always the best part!
On a side note, it’s funny watching the waiter give the black book to my parents whenever we eat. Usually, we never ask how much the total bill came to be. Yet, it’s paid for, we express our thanks, and we move from the table for the next customers.
It hit me today at Mass. No matter how much we gather to eat on Friday nights, or any given night, there is always a limit. There is always a sense of being full or being totally satisfied. Yet, when we come to the Holy Mass, God’s abundance is always limitless! We can never get enough of what God gives us…. his very self! Yet, the unleavened bread is tasteless. It doesn’t heighten the taste buds as a Friday night meal may, but that’s God’s wisdom at work.
God comes to us by ordinary means, so that this simple bread that is God himself may nourish us in a more penetrating manner, piercing the soul with love more than the stomach.
As for the tab. We know exactly the cost and its found as we gaze on the cross. The cost is love expressed in the fullest and in absolute freedom. Love that remains there in order for us to find Him.
God calls us to this banquet everyday, so that we become what we eat and so that we may share in the divine life! Moreover, we celebrate not only with friends, but everyone who bears the name Christian for Christ’s message as resounded to the ends of the earth.