Food as Symbol

13 Mar

Good Morning,

When we are open to the presence of the Divine we can see new possibilities open to us. Our passage today is actually one of the most important in the New Testament. It is the opening of the new faith in Jesus Christ to non-Jews and it is repeated 3 times in the Book of Acts. Perhaps you do not see this as a big deal, believe that non-Jews would have access to a relationship with God. However, this was HUGE. Think of everyone that we exclude from God’s love and this was a thousand times more ingrained into the Jewish people, for they were the chosen people of God – end of story.

So, as you read this morning’s passage, try to imagine the very ground you stand on shifting and moving. Then you will start to see the importance of this passage and the importance of our willingness to meditate on God.

Friday, The insights of meditation
Acts 10:9-20
9 About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 Then he heard a voice saying, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.” ‘ 15 The voice said to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.”16 This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.
17 Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon’s house and were standing by the gate. 18 They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look, three men are searching for you. 20 Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them.”

God has used a very human thing – food – to make a living imagine of God’s openness to all people. Of course, Jesus used food as well to describe his sacrifice.

I pray that as you spend time in meditation today the Divine will open to you the ordinary things around you and let you see the with extraordinary awareness.

Peace

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One Response to “Food as Symbol”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger March 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Mary,

    I really like your statement, “I pray as you spend time in meditation today the Divine will open to you the ordinary things around you and let you see with extraordinary awareness. That is exactly why I liked the ordinariness of Mt. Savior’s and their ability to experience the Divine through the ordinary.

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