I walked into an old hotel in Santo Domingo and saw a great way to use a beautiful, old door. Mount a solid piece of glass over the entire door on four pillars so that there is a six inch space between the door and glass. Then create four legs to mount the glass/ door creating a table.
We eat to be nourished to live the gospel. Every meal whether alone , as a couple, with family or friends can become a door that opens into a world outside of ourselves. I usually eat alone but my awareness of Christ present with me opens the doorway of gratitude for my food and home. In my solitude I can become more aware of those who are truly lonely. Solitude is not loneliness but being alone with the Other. But I would much rather eat with others, even strangers.
Jesus opened many doors through meals: the disciples on road to Emmaus; the feeding of the 5,000; the dinner at the Pharisee ‘s home with the “unwelcome woman” who bathed the feet of Jesus ; most importantly, the Eucharist with Jesus washing the feet of the apostles. The Eucharist is the meal that opens the door into the Heart of Christ.
When I get back into Chicago , who wants to help me find a beautiful , simple old door and create a table? The creative process ,itself, may very well open the door to Mystery.
Buen camino. Fr. Frank