…Many of us will fire up the grill in the backyard and invite friends over for a red meat fest, with an abundance of side dishes and desserts. While Jesus was probably more likely to grill fish than a ribeye, there’s no question that Jesus loved to share meals with others – and often got in trouble for doing so. But it wasn’t eating with friends that got him in trouble: it was eating with people he shouldn’t be friends with, people not like himself, especially those that were socially labeled “sinners.” Jesus often brought people together around the table who should not be friends. Perhaps the next time we cook out, we could rethink who we invite. Maybe pull the grill out front, to the drive and just invite our literal neighbors over to eat. Or organize a block party. Maybe organize a party in the local park where all kinds of people might gather (like my Neighborhood Association does once a month): any kind of meal where people who would not normally rub shoulders do so.