WE SEE THAT the liturgy of Holy Communion opens us up to the one who reconciles and heals. It forms us as peacebuilders, ministers of reconciliation. To this table God invites all who “seek to live in peace with one another.” The message is of God’s forgiveness and steadfast love in spite of our failure to love God and neighbor. God invites us to “offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.” (Thomas Porter)
—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006)
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Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
—Romans 12:17-18 (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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