Our gathering at the Table on a regular basis to partake of this holy meal may be an important link in healing the brokenness of this world and of our churches. It is at the Table that we are exposed to the gospel story and go forth to follow the one who bids us take up a cross and walk with him. The stories of Jesus reclining in table fellowship show him eating with people from all levels of society, those on the inside and those on the outside, those who were in need of healing and knew it, and those who were in need of healing and thought they were well.
—Larry M. Goodpaster, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Upper Room Books, 2006)
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When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
—Mark 2:16-17 (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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