Friday, August 31, 2012

Pentecost 14b - conclusion

The Calvary Café opened in the fall of 1999 but it didn’t take off until the spring of 2000. It was Thyme marinated Pork Loin and Mashed Potatoes that brought out the senior citizens who are the reason the café went from a convenience for confirmation parents to “gourmet on paper plates” for Calvary members and more. Over the years the café has grown exponentially and the menus have become more elaborate but the idea of a weekly gathering around food that is “cheap but never common” remains the same. The statues and ordinances given to Israel were for the common good so that they could live together in such a way that God was glorified and the people of God were edified. Psalm 15 celebrates the relationship with friend and neighbor where the walk that is blameless means no harm done. James remembers that his half-brother Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” and so caring for widows and orphans is the way faith is made known. And in the Gospel Jesus speaks for himself about the meaning of all the regulations surrounding the act of eating. I suppose if Jesus were to comment on the café he might say that while Pastor Phil’s “even better than mom’s” Meatloaf doesn’t violate the commandment to honor the one who gave you birth I should come up with another name. To which I might be bold enough to quote the scripture, “speak the truth in love.” Sorry Mom. 

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