Why The Table?
Eating together has the ability to bring a balance to our lives we can find no other way. This is backed by a recent article in the Oxford News which states, “Research has revealed that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives."
Professor Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford's Experimental Psychology department said:
“This study suggests that social eating has an important role in the facilitation of social bonding, and that communal eating may have even evolved as a mechanism for humans to do just that. ‘We know from previous studies that social networks are important in combating mental and physical illness. A significant proportion of respondents felt that having a meal together was an important way of making or reinforcing these social networks. In these increasingly fraught times, when community cohesion is ever more important, making time for and joining in communal meals is perhaps the single most important thing we can do – both for our own health and wellbeing and for that of the wider community.”
Dunbar is on to something as he goes on to say that "More than two thirds (69 percent) of those questioned had never shared a meal with any of their neighbors, 37 percent had never eaten with a community group, while a fifth of people said it had been more than six months since they had shared a meal with their parents." These observations are disheartening when we see how rarely people eat with a broader community, yet Jesus laid a foundation to His ministry by doing just this. From the feeding of the multitudes to the home of Zacchaeus, Jesus was laying the foundation for the church, one foundation that has been lost in the madness of time, history, and conflicting interpretations of scripture.