Day 39: A Reflection on Eating Sacramentally

Day 39: A Reflection on Eating Sacramentally April 18, 2014

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.”  Luke 24:30-31

“Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.” – Judith B. Jones

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” – M. F. K. Fisher

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez


Questions for Reflection

1. What kind of sacrifices were required (of you or of others) in order to provide you with your meals today?

2. In what ways have you shown hospitality to others today? this week? this month?

3. In what way is sharing a meal an act of intimacy?

Food Justice Challenge

This week, eat one meal in silence, paying attention to every bite. How does increased attention affect the experience of the meal?


In addition to being the founder and editor-in-chief of the “40 Days for Food Justice Project”, the Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet is a Presbyterian pastor and food justice advocate. When not preaching, teaching or writing, she likes hiking with her dogs and growing things in her garden. Find out more about her at

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