People are Lonely… Feed Them

Sieger Koder: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Mark 2:15

In Radical Hospitality I commented on Sieger Koder’s painting above:

Koder was a artist who painted startling folky paintings featuring child-like simplicity of the characters, and depicting Jesus by reflection rather than description. We don’t actually see Jesus in this painting; we see people around the table looking at Him – and it looks for all the world that they seem to be looking at… You. You are the person through whom Jesus practices radical hospitality.

I was reminded of this when I recently came upon Meaghan Ritchey’s reflections during the long months of quarantine:

“People are lonely,” writes New York Times food editor Sam Sifton in his cookbook See You on Sunday. “They want to be part of something, even when they can’t identify that longing as a need. They show up. Feed them. It isn’t much more complicated than that.”

Meaghan Ritchey, Director of Communications & Marketing, Image Journal.

It really isn’t much more complicated than that.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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