Brothers and Sisters in Jesus,
When the Pharisees see only sinners are among the invited and refuse to be seated with them, Jesus reminds them that they too are guests at God’s table. Have we ever been like the Pharisees and refused to be involved with a group or sit at a table because of who was sitting there? We are all guests at the Table of the Lord and all are invited.
When we sit at the table with Jesus, it means being transformed and saved by Him. His word penetrates deep inside of us, like a scalpel, and operates deep in the heart so as to free us from evil lurking in our life.
At times when the Word enters us, it is painful because it discloses deception, reveals all those false excuses we gave and it lays bare the hidden truths we try to bury. As we read the Word, it illuminates truths and purifies it; gives us strength and hope. In our journey in this life, the Word gives us the nourishment to keep going day by day.
When we come to worship and receive Holy Communion, we are nourished with the very life of Jesus. It is like coming to the altar and receiving an immensely powerful remedy and, in a mysterious way, Communion renews the grace we receive from God.
By approaching the altar with the attitude of humility that we are not worthy to receive such a Holy Gift; Jesus comes to us, giving of Himself in the Bread and Wine, Body and Blood. We are always accepted at His table with open arms.
Come, the Feast is ready! Yours in Jesus,
Rev. Gary J. Dierolf