Being the Body of Christ
Does this extract from Adrian Lyon’s homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi remind you of meals with someone in your life? Some people seem to have a great talent for hosting dinner parties and making community.
Every meal with Adrian was a special event, even if it was just soup and salad in the community dining room. I always came away nourished by his deep listening, perceptive questioning, and wise observations. It was simply good to be together. Each meal was Eucharistic. We table companions – whether we knew one another well or just a little – became the body and blood of Christ to one another in Adrian’s company.
As I remember Adrian on the first anniversary of his passing into eternal life, I think there should be a meal, a glass of red wine, a bit of Mahler (he was always trying to turn me on to Mahler) – and good conversation. Remembering Adrian encourages me to work to make more space at the table for those who hunger, and to welcome more companions into the conversation of our community.
How have shared meals helped you to draw closer to others and to Jesus?