A young professional joined in our breakfast and told of some recent spiritual seeking.
Eve: ‘I spent the week at a temple learning some Buddhist meditation.’
Me: ‘Are you Buddhist?’
Eve: ‘No!’ She seems incredulous I would draw that conclusion.
Eve: ‘As someone has said, being spiritual is a good start.’ I busily serve food and try to understand this comment, wondering if it’s a polite put down for people who have faith but don’t act.
Me: ‘So what about this, what we are doing here. Is it spiritual?’ It’s her turn to look incredulous.
Me: ‘Yes. It’s spiritual, because there is more happening here than meets the eye.’ And I think of the exchanges of hope and grace that have occurred all morning.
Eve: After reflecting for a while. ‘I think what happens here is communion.’ I’m stunned by this insight.
Me: ‘You are right. The Last Supper was communion, where this began, the coming together of people, of speaking of important things, of a price paid for others. You should read an account from the gospels.’ It’s an incomplete description but a snatched beginning.
Eve: ‘I will. I’ll think about this all week.’
* Our month of breakfasts has finished but we’ll be at a community festival in Camperdown on September 21 as we consider our next step and keep looking for God’s open door.
* Names and details changed in this story to protect privacy. The people involved in the conversation are not in the photo.