February 19 #9 Host Great Banquets / Make Eating Sacred Luke 5:29-6:5; 7:34; 9:1-10; 22:14-23; 24:13-32; 41-42
29 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax-collectors and others sitting at the table with them.30The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?’31Jesus answered, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; 32I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.’
33 Then they said to him, ‘John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.’34Jesus said to them, ‘You cannot make wedding-guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? 35The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.’
Our family was involved in the Footscray Seeds community with the Curnow family for many years. It had a focus on shared eating and we had a community dinner every Wednesday night. Over those years I grew from a newly married woman who got uptight about hosting dinner parties to a one half of a couple who could cater for 25 at the drop of a hat. We pride ourselves on hospitality and love to make great banquets.