to look at this picture carefully. At first glance it looks
like it is just a simple painting of wine, a wine glass and some
bread. But actually it's quite a bit more than that.
The wine glass is used to frame the image of Jesus as he is
depicted in the Da Vinci's "Last Supper".
I really liked this photo because it was such a novel idea in my
mind; using bread and wine to frame Da Vinci's "Last
Supper". But after looking at this picture dozens of
times I began to consider some of the bigger implications of such a
think this inviting us to change the way we view the world.
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utterly amazed by the idea that every person views the world in a
least a slightly different way. Obviously, these different
points of view can often result in violence and conflict but it
also adds so much vibrance and life to
individual brings a set of ideas to the table that are the unique
result of their own upbringing, race, gender, socio-economic
circumstance, and experiences. This is why book clubs
succeed; why film discussions are so fulfilling, why Bible
studies can be particularly lively. No two people
understand this world in quite the same way.
Which brings us back to that picture above. As I read through the Gospels I'm amazed at
how much conflict Jesus created with his teaching.
taught that we should view people as equals, not as insiders and
healed the sick, feed the hungry, and forgave the unforgivable.
the world as a place where God's kingdom was breaking in, and he
saw himself as a part of making that happen.
words, Jesus was teaching people to view the world through a
completely different lens.
question for us all to consider this month is this: What if our
church was filled with people who learned to view the world through
the lens of the Last Supper? What if we viewed the world as a
place filled with Jesus' forgiveness and grace?
I bet their would be a lot less complaining... and a
lot less worrying... and a lot more understanding... and a great
deal more joy...
month, I challenge you to view the world through the lens of the
Last Supper. Challenge yourself to notice Christ's presence
all around you; Christ's forgiveness all around you; and invite for
others to come to this table and to see the world through this