THE FIRST BREAKFAST
This painting by Dick Detzner caused quite a stir when it was displayed in Chicago’s Anthenaeum Museum. Many were offended and I hope it does not cause you offense!! On the other hand, many more felt it was a strong pro-religious piece that prompted people of faith to know that there are a lot of competing forces for the attention of all of us in this culture.
Mrs. Butterworth (although now she has been banned from branding), Aunt Jemimah (also banned), Captain Crunch, Snap, Crackle and Pop, The Trix Rabbit, Tony The Tiger, Lucky The Leprechaun and the Quaker Oats Man have greater notoriety that Peter, Andrew, James, John, Judas, Thomas, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Jude, James-son of Alphaesus, or Thaddaeus. I pray the picture gives you pause to reflect on that truth and find great resolve to be positive witnesses to the truly important positive influencers in life.
Sunday’s gospel lifts up the function of resurrection life as being one of restoration of relationships and deep forgiveness. This story could be called the “First Breakfast.” It changes the trajectory for the disciples from grief and confusion to purpose and mission.
Look forward to seeing you Sunday!
PS. Breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day.