Feastings and Get-togethers

It must be the Filipino in me that loves get-togethers, reunions, feasts and celebrations. It takes the smallest of excuses for Filipinos to get together, feast and celebrate. There are always birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate. Somebody leaves, and we get together for a despedida party. Somebody arrives and there is a bienvenida party. More and more, I see wakes where the food is catered to feed all the people coming together. Even when somebody is confined in a hospital; it becomes a social event, an excuse for people to get together and eat.

It is at such gatherings that the ties that bind us together are formed, created and strengthened. Joys and successes are shared and therefore multiplied and strengthened. Sorrows and adversities are shared and therefore divided and thus made smaller and easier to bear. Food is secondary; but, after a while, preparing food for so many gatherings makes people better cooks and the food becomes more relishing.

This trait in the Filipinos find great resonance in the life and stories of Jesus. He loved to be with people. He relished getting together with them and feasting with them. When He proclaimed the coming Kingdom of God, He likened it to a great banquet. That is why Filipinos loved coming to the table of the Lord.

As the Holy Week starts in earnest, I pray and think about of all people gathering together in love, in friendship and in celebration- among families, among communities, among churches, among countries.

The Lord is my light and my salvation.
~ Psalm 27

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
John 12:1-11

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