Benedict’s Rule: The Table That Touches Others

The abbot’s table is reserved for guests and travelers.  It is the abbot’s table that touches the world.  This both intentionalizes the hospitality of the monastery (i.e. serving guests as if they are Christ), but it also allows the monks to remain devoted to the life of prayer.

But lest the abbot’s table become a separation from the monks, it is also a place where the abbot can invite monks to dine and talk with him in private.

Even today, our tables function to touch the world and to touch the community.  We use our tables to reach out to people who are not among us on a regular basis.  But we also use our tables to gather with friends to strengthen the bonds between us.

Good things happen when we have a table that touches others.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Benedict’s Rule: The Table That Touches Others

  1. Sue Brady says:

    Thanks Steve, we will have our daughter and son in law around that table this week, as we welcome them to visit with us for a week. We are looking forward to it and this message was perfect timing. Love to you and Jeannie, Bob and Sue

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