I could have taken it farther. And yesterday, as we were toasting (and roasting!) Bishop Mike Lowry in preparation for his leaving, Rev. Virgilio Vasquez-Garza did. He was talking about Mike as a "companero", which we can translate roughly as a "companion" but literally means "one who eats bread with you." He described how much this term meant for him--to identify people that he could trust at a time in her life when his life really did depend on who he could trust or not.
And he said this: "It is an intimate thing to put food in someone else's mouth."
Especially having told a story just that morning about this subject, it caught my attention that I had left that part out of the sermon. I had assumed that kind of trust, and perhaps that was premature on my part. First you learn to trust...then you learn to taste.
And I realized that's why some people are a little bit reluctant to come to potlucks in the church. Figuratively, you really are letting someone else put food in your mouth. And that is an intimate thing. I want this for people, but I can't force it.
Thank you, Virgilio.