Open Minds, Grateful Hearts

Published November 22, 2012 by

To Feast, or Not to Feast

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  What a wonderful idea to celebrate the abundance of God’s good with those whom we love today. Is just one day per year adequate to express our gratitude? What could be better than to praise God’s abundance everyday?  Carmen Moshier composed the hymn: This is My Thanksgiving Day, in which she acknowledged and praised the beauty and goodness in simple things. That which began as a celebration of the first harvest in the New World, has become an orgy of food, football and family with lots of confusion, conflict and stress tossed into the pot.  We are deluged with articles and commentary on how to avoid family fights during the holidays.  How has it come to this?  Simple–we’ve focused on the stuffing to the exclusion of the thanks giving.

The New Testament has several examples of special meals or feasts as teaching moments..  Jesus actually spoke the following words in response to what one man said: “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”

Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses…  So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”*

The traditional view of this parable identifies the Jews as the invited guests who chose not to attend the feast and were therefore deemed unworthy. Those called in from the highways and by-ways were the Gentiles.  The historical interpretation states that the Jews, especially the Sadducees and Pharisees, longed for the promised Messiah for a thousand years, yet refused to recognize Jesus as that Messiah.

Symbolically, we identify God as the man or master in this parable and He invites His people to celebrate the Christ and receive the bread of life.  Another level of symbolism would identify Jesus as the man,  and all are invited to partake of the Word and receive the kingdom of God.

Metaphysically, the words feast or supper  represent the laying hold of divine potential,** accepting the whole Spirit of God and celebrating the abundance of God’s blessings.  Bread represents divine substance, the essence of the Word.

Myrtle Fillmore wrote in response to a question about abundance:

True prosperity is not making money, or putting out goods, or developing property.  It is determining what our own individual soul requires in order to cause it to unfold more and more of God; and then how to harmonize its expression with the needs of our fellow men so that all are really benefited and inspired to unfold and express more of their inner spiritual resources.***

Why is it necessary to harmonize the expression of our good with the needs of others? I suspect that it is easier to be ‘holy’ in isolation than it is to practice the principles in the world and in learning to demonstrate spiritual harmony in the world, it becomes necessary to work together and grow together.  Matthew Fox spoke to this in writing about the blessing path:

Blessing involves relationship: one does not bless without investing something of oneself into the receiver of one’s blessing. And one does not receive blessing oblivious of the giver. ****

Perhaps this Thanksgiving Day we can acknowledge and honor the true feast within our hearts, sharing a blessing with each one present and recognizing the need to be heard, to be nurtured and to feel blessed.

Jesus said that: For many are called, but few are chosen.

I am chosen because I choose.

I choose to follow the Word

and I am blessed.

Rev. Claudia Naylor

Luke 14:16-24*

Metaphysical Bible Dictionary**

Myrtle Fillmore’s Healing Letters***

Original Blessing****

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