Third Sunday of Easter - "Resurrection and Broiled Fish"
Today is the 3rd Sunday of the Season of Easter---Happy Easter y'all! Hey, and guess what? Christ has still risen!
The passage of Scripture that we'll be exploring today takes us into a meal that the Resurrected Jesus has with his followers... and a moment when they realize that everything has changed.
But first, let me ask you a question...
What's the best meal you've ever had... and why was it the best meal you ever had?
I did a little survey this week on social media, asking people that question and I'm going to share some of those in a moment, but before I do that, let me share with you my favorite meal...
I got to thinking about why we remember these "best meals," and what that might mean.
Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University, a lab that looks into how our senses interact. Spence did a TED talk a few years ago where he explained why our best meals, are our best meals.
He said that the way our brain works when it comes to taste is complicated. But the bottom line is, HOW you experience your food is more than the ingredients.
Your state of mind, the company that you are dining with, the environment... all of those things are the major factors that play into memorable meals. When you experience joy---food tastes better.
Maybe you were on vacation and had a bottle of wine for dinner, and it was while you were sitting outside watching the sunset, and you were relaxed and happy and feeling amazing. The wine tasted unbelievable, so you bought like three bottles and took them home with you.
Only your friend that you shared it with--the one you told that you had the best bottle of wine you've ever had in your life--thought it tasted awful and cheap.
And as Spencer said, no one remembers a meal as their favorite if they were fighting with family members when they ate it.
In the 2 Star Michelin restaurant Denis in Switzerland, everyone is seated at the same time for dinner, and then led to their tables, which are devoid of everything except a little toy cow that when turned over makes a mooing sound.
Everyone is left to sit there until someone finally turns over one of the toys and makes it moo. Every single other table does the same because that's what we do, right? And pretty soon the whole restaurant is mooing, people are laughing and experiencing joy.
At that moment, the first dish comes out of the kitchen to all of the tables. The chef knows that the food is just going to taste better when people are in a good mood.
Let me share some of the things that people shared with me about their favorite meal:
Ella Glass: Best waffles - Bruges, Belgium. They were the bomb!! Crispy, soft, perfectly sweet with a mount of whipped chantilly cream. And the street window was in the middle of the chocolate road (the one street in Bruges that sells chocolate pralines in every other store).
Lucy Jordan: I ate this stir fry in Denmark and it was the best bc it reminded me of my childhood (I guess bc of the flavor)
Heather Petruzzini: My mom made me a turkey sandwich for a field trip in 4th grade. I still think about that sandwich. For real.