The Joshua reading accompanies the Lost Son parable because it commemorates a feast; the people are now reconciled to God, have enter the promised land, and now celebrate. So, too, today the people come for food. Food forms community.

When I was teaching full time, I’d set out a box or bag of cookies, didn’t matter what kind, and the students would snarf them up, sit down, and talk.

How many parish pot luck’s, funeral dinners, receptions, whatever, and if there’s food they will come. Sometimes here at Guardian Angels, the Bible Study breakfast reaches Sunday brunch proportions. We gather, we eat, we talk. It’s a feast.

This is what the Father does when the son returns; and his desire is for everyone to be present. Reconciliation is a feast! Now we can eat together again. Reconciliation is a harvest!

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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