WHEN WE GATHER at the Table we are invited to partake of God’s grace in a way that allows us to glimpse a community grounded in God, shaped by Christ, and empowered by the Spirit. What Dr. King proclaimed is that any attempt at creating such a community is possible only as we fully grasp—and are grasped by—the love of God made visible in Jesus and made victorious through the Cross. It is a community because we are made one with Christ and one with each other. It is beloved because we are loved and graced by God. It is a vision of a beloved community that is filled with images of peace and harmony, of truth and justice, of reconciliation and transformation, and of hope and trust. (Larry M. Goodpaster)
—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006)
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But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
—1 Corinthians 12:24-27 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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