Meal from Below


Jesus not only makes room for “the least of these” at his table of blessing, he gives them preferred seating. Sitting at the table with those who are most vulnerable and hungry, we discover ourselves anew. We are returned to ourselves as ones taken, blessed, broken, given, and spoken in God’s love, that we might re-member the body of Christ for a hurting world.

Drawing from years of practice and reflection with the poor, Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey’s devotionals guide us through a 40-week spiritual formation experience that includes daily, weekly, and monthly practices of communion with God, each other, and our world. Depending on your appetite, these weekly devotionals can be enjoyed as appetizers, five-course meals, or even desserts.

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“Seldom do you find such good theology, good writing, and good social analysis in the same book or program. This is indeed ‘food’ for an age and a church that expects nothing new and yet is tired of the old menu.”

[Fr.] Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico and author of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer and The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See.

“This fine and deeply soulful book reminds us to re-member the exquisite mutuality to which God’s kinship calls us all. It connects us to the communion that is of most interest to God: the kind that erases margins, welcomes the poor, and includes those left out. Be fed by this book.”

Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.
Founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.

“A monumental achievement! Clear vision, sound theology, and above all the fingerprints of God are everywhere to be found between the pages of this book. Reading through my copy I could feel God’s power and healing peace flowing from head to toe. Well done, good and faithful servants.”

Robert Farrar Capon
Episcopal priest and author of 35 books including his first book, Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection and a trilogy on Jesus’ parables.

Meal From Below is the most thought-provoking and insightful look at Christ’s Eucharistic five course meal I have ever read. Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey touch our deep human longings in this book. The longing to know we are chosen and blessed, to know our brokenness can be a gift to the world, and to believe we can live as a spoken word of God addresses the pain and hope of every human heart. The best part of their message is that the real teachers in understanding these truths are those from below. This is a journey you don’t want to miss.”

Nancy Black
Therapist, counselor, and spiritual director