ONE of the highlights of our short family holiday was an incredible culinary discovery.
Even though it’s more than a week since Easter, the shops near where we’re staying are still baking hot cross buns.
In itself this wasn’t the great discovery; that would prove to be a new variety of bun.
Normally I’m a traditionalist, looking with disdain at fruitless buns.
Or worse, the chocolate chip variety.
But that may have changed – from the first time we tried apple-cinnamon hot cross buns.
Now, more than ever, I find myself wishing the Easter season would stretch a little longer (though of course in the church calendar Easter does continue for another four weeks).
While part of me does wish the tasty treats associated with Easter and Christmas were available all year round, I’m also glad that they’re not.
Marking annual events with particular foods is powerfully grounding.
That connection can be lost if the foods slip into the everyday category.
I’m not sure we’d enjoy Easter eggs, hot cross buns or mince pies if they were available all year long.
We wouldn’t look forward to them as much, nor get as excited when we could finally enjoy them again.
Now of course I’d argue we should be celebrating the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus every single day.
But we already have a special meal to help us do that.
On the night before he died Jesus shared a final meal with his friends.
In doing so he commanded them to continue celebrating elements of it as a perpetual act of remembrance.
While different churches will share communion with different frequencies, each time we eat the bread and drink the cup, we do so remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for our sakes.
There are other ways we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps when it comes to food.
More often than not in the gospels we find Jesus sitting down to eat and drink with all sorts of people.
He invited himself to other’s houses for dinner, he hosted massive picnics, he broke bread with friends and strangers alike (and even with his enemies).
Sharing a meal is an incredible act of solidarity, it is around the dinner table that relationships are built and barriers broken down.
So this week, can I encourage you to follow this example of Jesus?
To invite others to share a table with you.
This doesn’t need to be a gourmet affair; it could be a simple barbecue or afternoon tea.
If you’re feeling particularly courageous invite someone from outside your family or normal circle of friends.
And if you’re feeling generous, you could buy a meal for someone in need, or get in touch with one of the food relief programs to find out how you can help give the gift of food to others.
The Campaspe Primary Care Partnership (www.campaspepcp.com.au/) has a list of programs and contact details for our area.
For now, I’m going to grab some more apple-cinnamon hot cross buns while they’re still available and find someone to share them with.
Christ Church Anglican