CUF just held its annual board meeting. And while approving the budget and setting the coming year’s agenda are important, what excites me most is all the leftover food. You see, the board members are served breakfast and lunch at the CUF office, so all the leftovers go right into the CUF fridge—which means free lunch for staff members. And that makes me pretty happy. (It’s the little things in life, right?)
As I was raiding the fridge, I got to thinking. What is it about food that it’s such a motivator? Offer free food at an event you’re hosting, for example, and people will flock to it. They can’t seem to resist. What’s more, they’re likely to bring friends and family, too.
Food makes people happy. People relax as they gather around a meal. We loosen up, kick back, enjoy ourselves. We worry less, smile more.
As I was assembling my sandwich, I paused. If a free lunch makes me this cheery, what about the heavenly food I receive each week? Why am I so excited about free leftovers, but not nearly as excited about receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist?
Here Jesus is, offering me the best of all meals, and sometimes, I admit, I’m rather disinterested. I hear Him say, “Open wide your mouth, that I may fill it,” and I shrug. Yet it makes my day to get a free lunch.
Jesus, however, doesn’t stop inviting me to His heavenly banquet just because I don’t always respond with enthusiasm. Instead, He asks me to come again. He asks me to feast. He asks me to eat well and to delight in the food He offers.
This is a banquet we’re all invited to. Our Lord wants all of us to eat well and to delight in the food He offers. That’s something to get excited about. That’s something to tell all our friends and family about. Because, as good as they are, board meeting leftovers just don’t compare with that tiny wafer that is God Himself.