LIVING

A Sunday meal to build Christian community

Dinner together as a family was a given growing up. It was a part of our daily routine, a time when our parents would check in with us and we would see one another. As an adult, I appreciate this routine as having been a foundation to my desire for, and expectations and practice of, the great gift of Christian community.

A sweet and sour dish inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes

Merry Christmas and happy new year! About this time in the Christmas season I am reminded of the crèche my brother used to set up in his yard. Among streets lined with bins heaped with discarded trees and remnants of gift wrap, the Magi would continue their journey across the yard with precious gifts in hand, each day bringing them closer to the scene of Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus. The journeying Magi evoked delight and sometimes confused amusement from passers-by, and I like to imagine the sight may have prompted a question and search into why the Magi were still journeying after Christmas Day. This memory has become for me a gentle superlative example of how our personal joy and delight in Christ can naturally and simply become a way of evangelization. We need not even know it.