Sometimes it's not so easy loving even those we care about, yet Jesus tells us to love even those who wish us harm. It's not easy, but it may be a little more easy for us if we remember that here at this table, we experience God's mercy and underserved love every week. Here at this table, God shows us how much God was willing to do to communicate that love to us.
It may never be easy to love our enemies, but we can get started along that way right here and now.
Let us pray.
God who loves us, often in spite of ourselves, we thank you that your love for us and all knows no bounds. We thank you that you sent Jesus to us to show us the depth of your love. We thank you for these symbols, the bread and cup, that remind us of all you gave to make that clear.
As we take the bread and cup, fill us with your Spirit, to empower us to act with your love to all we meet.
We pray in the name of your son, who taught us how to love. Amen.