mustard seed conspiracy… are you ready for serious feasting… with the saints?

Dr. Tom Sineby tom sine —

I wish you could have been with Christine and I and our friends on December 4th here in Seattle for “Feasting with the Saints.”  All 14 of brought our favorite saint to dinner.

Mark, was raised in a church where he never heard of saints.  He considered inviting Roger Moore, the TV Saint.  But settled for his kindly grandmother.

Forrest, brought Saint Nicholas from Turkey.  St Nicholas really was a gift giver.He snuck bags of gold into an impoverished father’s home to provide his daughters a dowry so they wouldn’t be forced into prostitution.

After we introduce our saint we dined on roast potatoes, ham, fruit salad,
and hot punch and enjoyed each other.  As we finished we shared how our
saints might have experienced the feast. Christine led us in a lovely
liturgy on the hospitality of God.

Does this sound peculiar?  What does this have to do with Advent?

It starts by answering the question  “What does God seem to be giving birth to?”  Of course part of the answer is “the birth of an infant in the backwaters of the Roman Empire.”

But that is only part of the answer.  When that baby grew up he became a very popular teacher. One of the things he seemed to talk about the most was eating, feasting, banqueting.

Remember when the Roman Captain asked the Teacher to heal his servant and he told Jesus he didn’t have to come to his house.  He asked him to just give the order.  The Teacher’s response?

“Taken aback, Jesus said, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple faith in Israel, the very people who are suppose to know all about God and how he works.  This man is the vanguard many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Mathew 8:10 {The Message}

What does this mean?  It is a vision of all God’s people coming home as a great resurrected community. People from all nations will climb God’s mountain.  “But here on this mountain…will throw a feast for all the people of the world, a feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines…Yes he will banish death forever .  And God will wipe away the tears from every face.” Isaiah 25:6-8. {The Message.} Are you ready to celebrate this feast?