The Gospel reading for today tells the story of ten lepers that were healed by Jesus and how one had returned to offer thanks. Consider that, in addition to all the physical problems that came along with leprosy, it also separated those who suffered from their communities. Jesus not only restored the ten to health but also restored them to their communities. As we come to the Table, today, consider that this is what Jesus has also done for us. What we celebrate here is nothing less than Jesus sacrifice restoring us to God and to others; to our community. It is a gift we can never fully repay, but, in thanks to God for that great gift, we can at least open the doors for others to be restored as well.
Let us pray.
God, who restores all in love, we thank you that your Table is open to all of us. We thank you for the gift of Jesus, who opens the way to restoring us to you and to each other. We thank you for these symbols of bread and wine that remind us of all of that. As you have restored us, give us the love and grace we need to welcome our brothers and sisters with the same love you showed to us. Refresh and restore us that we can carry your Good News from this place to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus, our Christ, AMEN