Culinary Thoughts for Holy Week

Altar of Repose 2007
As hard as it is to believe, the Eucharist – one of the central tenets of the Christian faith – began as a meal the Lord shared with His disciples where He uttered the words “This is My Body…This is My Blood…which will be given up for you.”
The sharing of food among the members of a community – be it for a gathering in a spiritual context or even a common meal – is actually one of the best ways to bring people together.  In the Philippines, the only predominantly Christian country in Asia, Holy Week is marked by family reunions, times that bring people together at the table in celebration of Christ’s triumph over sin and death in the spirit of kinship and camaraderie.