Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Lent: A Meal for Everyone

For me the thing that is so deep and profound and radical about communion—even the cheesiest communion in the church that I have the least in common with—is that it is a meal you can’t buy. In the world, you can buy fifty different kinds of artisanal bread and fancy vintage wine if you have the money. Or you can’t, if you don’t have the money. But at this table nobody can buy the bread and wine. It’s just given away.

And so that is how we run the [St. Gregory] food pantry. You can’t buy it, you can’t earn it, you can’t deserve it.
-Sara Miles
author of Jesus Freak: Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead and
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

She also wrote a great reflection in Nyssa News entitled Notes from the Pantry 

(Read a fascinating interview with Ms. Miles in Religion Dispatches)

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