28 Mar Thursday
The Joshua reading accompanies the Lost Son parable because it commemorates a feast; the people are now reconciled to God, have enter the promised land, and now celebrate. So, too, today the people come for food. Food forms community.
When I was teaching full time, I’d set out a box or bag of cookies, didn’t matter what kind, and the students would snarf them up, sit down, and talk.
How many parish pot luck’s, funeral dinners, receptions, whatever, and if there’s food they will come. Sometimes here at Guardian Angels, the Bible Study breakfast reaches Sunday brunch proportions. We gather, we eat, we talk. It’s a feast.
This is what the Father does when the son returns; and his desire is for everyone to be present. Reconciliation is a feast! Now we can eat together again. Reconciliation is a harvest!