Mark 2:15-17 lectio: dinner at Levi's house. There's something fundamentally social about eating together. Conversation flows with no agenda to it. The reason my co-workers have become my friends is because we have lunch together almost every workday.
At our previous church, there used to be a culture of going out for lunch after the service; I was invited out on my very first visit to the church. This is something Kay & I are trying to cultivate at City Vineyard. This will become more important when we start a new home group.
In our isolationist culture, going to somebody's house — even for a meal — is a stretch unless you are already comfortable with them. But it's not hard to eat together in neutral territory — be it a neighborhood block party, or a restaurant. (And it's been way too long since we've had a block party. Ah, Easter is coming up, we should organize an egg hunt!)
++ Jesus, increase our fellowship with those around us. Help us to share food, laughter and Life together. ++