Dinners of the Bible – Our New Page

The fine arts provide us with a flurry of beautiful paintings representing the meals of the Bible. Each month, we will provide different works of art along with some notes for you and your guests to reflect upon during your meal.

Take a look. Immerse yourself in their meaning.

Then at Mass it will all come back.

Melkisedech offers bread and wine to Abraham by Rubbens

Melkisedech offers bread and wine to Abraham by Rubens

The mysterious king and priest Melkisedek is who Jesus is associated with when He is qualified as priest in the order of Melkisedech. Priest and King: what an association… It is one that applies to all of us Christians as we take part to Mass. We are not all priests, but we offer like priests through the hands of our local priest the offerings of our lives. This makes us noble in body (the King) and in spirit (the priest).

Last Supper by Rubens

Last Supper by Rubens

Rubens painted a Last Supper scene with the same visual structure as his Offering of Melkisedech painting. He had a good reason for this. The Bible is full of prophecies that announce what shall be when Jesus will come. Melkisedech was the first to offer a non-bloody sacrifice: bread and wine, instead of lambs and bulls. This pacification of the offering finds one higher level when Jesus offers his real Person in what has the appearance of bread.

Share with us your thoughts on these two amazing art works.

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