Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Ponderous Question: Has Anyone Had A Sacred Family Meal In This Century?
Retrieved from the circular file at the Vatican. More of this series here.
Dear Whoever Reads This At The Vatican:
My priest told us in our Generations of Faith that we are a Church of the Table, that partaking the Eucharistic meal together identifies us as children of God. That sounded really good, until he said that it formed us supernaturally, somewhat in the way the ordinary sacredness of the family dinner naturally forms us.
Has anyone had a sacred family dinner anytime this past century? I mean, really? My two year old just smeared spaghetti all over herself, the table, and floor. My seven year old sick son sat down (I use that phrase loosely, his backside was within an inch of some part of his chair) and promptly coughed all over the food. My five year old whined the entire time that the carrots were too spicy (nothing but butter, thank you). We ask for information about the day, and get "too much too tell" interspersed by demands for milk, no water, no spaghetti, not with meat on it I hate that, no more carrots, but take the spices off. And could you once put it in the form of a polite question? Or else you cannot go to gymnastics! I mean it! OK, up to your room!
I humbly and politely question the appropriateness of the analogy. Dinnertime with young children "forms" me into MommyMonster (TM), not a child of God. If you could put out a APB to the priests through a Papal Bull, telling them to tone down that analogy, it would be much appreciated. Otherwise I will have to lower the boom.
I will invite the priest to dinner.
Don't make me go there.
Your humble servant,