Nouwen Then: Tabling the World
Don't you think that our desire to eat together is an expression of our even deeper desire to be food for one another? Don't we sometimes say: "That was a very nurturing conversation. That was a refreshing time"? I think that our deepest human desire is to give ourselves to each other as a source of physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Isn't the baby at its mother's breast one of the most moving signs of human love? Isn't "tasting" the best word to express the experience of intimacy? Don't lovers in their ecstatic moments experience their love as a desire to eat and drink each other? As the Beloved ones, our greatest fulfillment lies in becoming bread for the world. That is the most intimate expression of our deepest desire to give ourselves to each other.
Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved, from the chapter called "Given"