“Sieger Koder is a German priest who has painted some startling folky paintings on various aspects of the ministry of Jesus. One of the features of his work is the child-like simplicity of the depicted characters and the way in some of his works that Jesus is depicted by reflection rather than actual full presence. This technique has both a hint of resurrection and a respect for the Old Testament notion of not being able to name or see the Lord.” (Credit to Mart the Rev at “Seeing and Believing“).
If you look closely, you will see the hands of Jesus at the bottom of the painting: welcoming, handing bread to those around the table. Look at their faces; what do they see; what do they see in the face of Jesus? They do not appear to waste time on trying to answer the question… they are wasting time taking in the gift of His friendship.
Where would you be sitting at this table?
How would you answer the question asked of Jesus in Mark 2:16? Why does he eat with tax collectors, sinners, and you?
Let this be your prayerful contemplation today.