The Table

In the gospel of Mark we have this beautiful story of Jesus deliberately and wilfully inviting 5000 to sit at the table with him. I can just see it.  The disciples want to send the people away and Jesus says, “No! We have room at my table, let’s feed them.  They’re all invited to my table.”  I can see the spontaneity, the gusto, the crackle of energy, the giggle and the joy as Jesus gets excited about inviting 5000 for tea. I know if I did that to my chef’s there would be loud noises coming from the kitchen and a lot of language I’m not supposed to understand as a pastor. The Table The Table Now let’s be real. Jesus had taught all day. At the beginning of the day his heart had been longing for solitude. He had tried to do a secret escape but it didn’t work, the people followed and compassion welled up. He chose to pour out love by inviting them to the word. But here is the dessert treat that I love about this story. At the end of the day, when it would have been far easier to send the people away, he wanted to eat with them. The Table The Table The Table Jesus loves what happens at the table.
  • The Laughter!
  • Being able to eliminate hurry so that we can see into one another’s heart and face.
  • The practical recognition that we need both the food and the table to nourish our entire being – body, mind, soul, heart, tongue, will.
  • Joy exploding as we connect and nourish.
  • A sense of coming home, of being wanted, of being loved.
The Table The Table The tableImagine the story that the 5000 told.  “We got to eat with Jesus!” I think that for many of them what had been deadened and distracted by the tension, noise and heartache of living in this world came alive that day.  Something new on the inside of them woke up.  A bit like a chorizo sizzling in the pan.  A chorizo always looks dead to me until you pop it in the pan and then all of a sudden its colour changes, its shape changes, it begins to sizzle and pop and dance in the frypan.  The ingredients fuse together and when you bite into it all the flavours pop in your mouth and its hard to stop the juice from running down your chin. That’s what the table does to a person’s soul. The table awakens life within us. For me I have to remember in the hurry and demands of this life that there are people who will begin to dance and whirl and sing because I invited them to the table. Some people have hearts that are simply longing to have a meal with us. Some people are longing for us to see them… To stop for them… To invite them to the table. Can you imagine the walk home that night? The TableThe tableThe Table Kids swung up on dads shoulders. Mums trying to keep up with dad steps. The chatter! The hand holding! The joy! Their hearts would have been singing and dancing. And I think there would have been a little girl who nestled into her dad and whispered, “I liked having dinner with Jesus.” The Table The full story can be found in Mark 6: 30 – 44 Want a bit more chorizo for breakfast? This recipe is high fat, low carb and healthy for you. Kale with Chorizo and Eggs – by Tim Noaks (The Real Meal Revolution)
  • 200 g kale or spinach washed and cut
  • 1 horse shoe chairs thickly sliced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 80g butter
  • 8 eggs
  1. Warm the butter in a heavy based pan with a lid.  Gently fry the chairs in the butter until it turns golden brown.
  2. Remove the chorizo but keep all the fat and butter in the pan
  3. Crank the heat up to high and fry the kale in the fat until it begins to wilt
  4. Pour in the water and allow it to boil ferociously until it is almost reduced.
  5. This should take about a minute.
  6. Shape the kale into a nest in the pan and crack your eggs on top of it.
  7. Cover and cook gently for 3 minutes.
  8. When you remove the lid, the eggs should be opaque.
  9. Slide the kale off the pan and garnish with the crispy chairs.
  10. Pour any excess juices from the pan over each serving.