Are you still feeling guilty about over-indulging at the Thanksgiving table? And what about the cookies, pie, and chocolates that invade your home, office, and social activities this time of year?
If you’re like me, the holiday feasting has just begun.
Why fight it? Holiday guilt is for wimps.
Which is why I’m going to manage the feasting. Physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Will you join me in embracing the spiritual aspect of holiday feasting? Simply put, God loves a good meal.
I started thinking about this before Thanksgiving. Pastor Eric set the stage by taking a closer look at Jesus’ infamous miracle – the Feeding of the 5,000. Did you know that this is the only miracle of Jesus to appear in all four Gospels?
I’ve heard this story dozens of times. And I’ve always focused on Jesus, the boy with the loaves and fish, the disciples, and the crowd.
I’ve never really focused on the food. Nor have I focused on the paramount role of food in the story of salvation.
- The feeding of the 5,000 looks back to the Exodus. When Jesus directs the crowd to sit down in groups of 50, we flash back to the Israelites in the wilderness. The similarities – God providing bread and meat to a hungry crowd – is nothing short of divine. When the Israelites are without food in the wilderness, God provides both manna and quail. Could it be that Jesus smiles, knowing He will repeat this miracle a few thousand years later?
- The feeding of the 5,000 looks forward to the Eucharist. Jesus isn’t just filling empty stomachs. He is giving of himself – the bread of life. In remembering his death, we celebrate the ultimate feast. His body. His blood. Poured out on us. While Jesus takes comfort in feeding a hungry crowd, He tells his disciples of a greater feast. “Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.”
Something about God loves to feed us. Which means your holiday feasting is a spiritual act.
Let's get over the guilt. When you raise your glass this Christmas season, will you join me in looking back to the Exodus and forward to the Eucharist?