“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son”. Matthew 22:2
I vividly recall the morning when I was leading worship in a Nursing Home on the Central Coast. Towards the end of what was a lovely service – even if I do say so myself – one of the ladies who I didn’t know shouted out very angrily: “We don’t have Latin any more”. She, of course, was a Catholic who had been brought up with the Latin Mass. I was shocked but was led to make the sign of the cross and say: “In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti” (In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”). Her face lit up and her eyes well with tears. “Thank you, Father. That was a lovely Mass”.
I gave this woman a bread crumb of the Latin Mass – a mere 8 words. For her it was the whole loaf of bread! Why? Because she had a need. I had a response that met her need. In that connection she – and I – were truly fed!
It’s like the parable that Jesus once said about crumbs falling from the Master’s table. A crumb from the Master’s table is a banquet. For both of us it was a banquet beyond measure.