From Rowan Williams’ Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer: “This giving and receiving of welcome is central to the way in which Jesus’ ministry is portrayed in the Gospels….It is the actual, visible way in which he engages in remaking a community. Who are the real people of God now? The ones who accept Jesus’ invitation. Not the ones who fulfill all the cultic demands, not the ones who score highly on the scale of piety, but the ones who are willing to hear him say, ‘Aren’t you going to ask me home?’ It is as simple as that. The meals that Jesus shares in his ministry are the way in which he begins to re-create a community, to lay the foundations for rethinking what the words ‘the people of God’ mean.”



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