by Arlie Joy Mantos (35th Batch)
On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine–the best of meats and the finest of wines. Isaiah 25: 6 (NIV)
Our church would often host wedding parties on Sundays and that means a lot of food would be served. As a missionary, I help in preparing the food. My special talent of wrapping “ulam-sam,” a kind of Vietnamese salad, was discovered. I would wake up early on that Sunday morning and help. I’m happy to experience this and I’m learning as well.
When it’s time for the visitors to eat, I serve “hubakso” a squash soup. I get to see many people–young and old, rich and poor, and some missionary friends.
Sometimes we run out of food. One jipsanim (deaconess) would be so busy cooking more food and some of the young church members would also be very busy serving the cooked food. All would be very anxious. This situation reminds me of stories from the Bible.
First, the story in John 2:1-11 when Jesus performed the miracle here–making wine out of pure water. I can just imagine the servers as they thought of what to serve after they ran out of wine. Maybe they were so anxious, but Jesus came along to help and made the finest wine. What a relief to those servers! And so, the party continued.
I also think about the feast that Jesus is telling us. This would take place not here in this world but in the world to come, where we get to eat lots of special food (that will never run out) and eat together with friends–young and old, rich and poor, missionaries too! All will be there, not as servers or guests but as brides of the King, the Groom Jesus.
See you on that day!