26-May-19 Sixth Sunday of Easter
When Jesus healed the man at the pool in the temple, it was on the Sabbath. Jesus didn't make a big deal about that, but others thought it was inappropriate to do even that work on the Lord's Day. I find that odd. What better thing to do than an act of healing and restoration on the Day of the Lord?
Here at the table, we're engaged in such an act. As we gather around the Lord's table, it is with people of all times and places -- people who look very different from us and thing very differently -- but we are all here, called by our Lord and Savior Jesus. What better to do on the Lord's Day than an act of healing and restoration as all the varied people of the Realm of God come together as one?
Let us pray.
God, who in Christ reconciles all thing to yourself, we thank you for Jesus, who has called all of us to come together here at his table. We thank you for Jesus, who gave his life that we could be reconciled with you and each other. We thank you for these symbols, the bread and cup, that remind us of that.
As we take the bread and cup together, fill us again with your Holy Spirit, that we may go into your world bringing healing and reconciliation as well.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.