We are in the third year of the three year Revised Lectionary Cycle, which means we are deep in the Gospel of Luke.
There is a lot of food in Luke. From the opening page where the baby Jesus is deliberately placed by the narrator in a animal food trough to the end where the risen Jesus eats fish with the disciples. Robert Karrris – a scholar and writer – points out that in most of Luke Jesus is pretty much either on his way to a banquet, at a banquet, or on his way from a banquet where he has probably disturbed the powers-that-be with challenging questions and annoying parables or where he dared to dine with sinners and other low-lifes. Karris points out that in Luke’s Gospel, “Jesus got himself killed because of the way he ate.”
Well, the reason Jesus gets killed for the way he ate is because the way he ate, and the way that his followers began to eat in the Book of Acts that most scholars believe that Luke also wrote, The reason why Jesus gets killed for the way he ate is because the way he ate challenged power.