As we listen to the reading of Holy Scripture, we too are listening to the Word of God as we eat, and so in our ordinary food, daily share that very same meal and table, not merely at the time of liturgy and celebration of the Eucharist, but within the midst of our daily life. In this way, we continue to live out daily that reflection of the mystical supper at the heavenly table in the small way that our earthly life tastes the resurrection that awaits, and so our entire life becomes that much more a celebration and living experience of Christ.
It should be noted that it is my experience that our houses have completely abandoned the practice of table reading. Instead, our meals have become time to catch up on the day’s events and bond socially with one another. How much stronger though is the bond of the Eucharist, and to be reminded toward the end of each day, not only who it is that we are participating in, but in whom we are bound and joined together so much more intensely and intimately than any social gathering can do? Perhaps we should consider taking one or two nights each week to renew this tradition and practice, to bring the Eucharist back into our daily meals and remember our Lord sitting alongside this table, handing the food to his disciples that they did not want to eat.