WE OFTEN TREAT Holy Communion as if it were an other-worldly moment disconnected from the rest of life. The scriptures and the ritual for Holy Communion make it clear that those who eat and drink with Jesus are witnesses in all of life—even where there is tension, exclusion, anger, and hurt. We bear witness that all of our conflict, both in the church and in the larger arenas of human struggle, is canopied by the compassionate and forgiving Lord. (Gayle Carlton Felton)
—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006)
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The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
—Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)
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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