With Jesus, life-changing things happen around tables: acts of service, eye-opening teaching, prayer, and sacramental transformation. Boundaries get broken for the sake of justice. Community forms and dignity is restored to those once excluded. The “table” might be on a hillside or in an upper room, but wherever the people gather with Jesus, people are nourished — body and soul. The well-known Psalm 23 paints a picture of the table that God, our Shepherd, prepares for us. It reminds us that God provides for us, even in times of challenge and danger. God prepares and invites us to the table, nourishes and connects us there, and anoints us as beloved and called. We are part of the family, part of God’s work of love and mending in the world.