Jesus was invited to a lot of meals for various reasons. Some folks wanted him to perform a miracle for them. His first is recorded in the gospel reading for today, changing water into wine. Some were just hoping to get a glimpse of him or maybe to try to figure out what he meant and how he would affect their lives. Others were simply amazed that this teacher would consent to even be with them, let alone share a meal.
The roles are reversed at this table before us. Jesus is not the guest. We are. All of us are invited to join together at this table remembering Jesus. If you come expecting a miracle, note that the bread and cup before us have already been symbolically changed to represent his life, given so we could have a right relationship with God. If you come trying to figure out Jesus and what he means, you will hear his words and see his character here. If you come in awe that he would consent to be with you to share this meal, you will find his love and forgiveness here.
Let us pray.
God who desires to know us and be know by us, we thank you for Jesus who came to show us who you are. We thank you that he gave himself to open the way for us to be with you and be called your children. We thank you for his open invitation to come to his table here.
We also thank you for this bread and cup, symbols of the life and blood he gave. As we take them into ourselves, fill us also with your Spirit that we might bring him with us as we go, into a world that cries out to know him too.
In the name of Jesus, our Savior, Amen.