Our gospel reading for today is difficult because Jesus talks about bringing division. I think one of the keys to understanding is to know that division is not the goal of his coming, but that he certainly understood it was going to be a result. It's difficult enough for us to discuss something as simple as what we're going to eat so something that changes the way you look at the world is certainly going to cause controversy. Yet, at the core of everything Jesus taught is love; love even for those with whom we disagree.
Let us pray.
God in whom all things will be reconciled, help us you children not dwell on the divisions we see. Instead, let us remember, here at the Table, remind us that Jesus died that we might live in harmony with you and each other.
We thank you for these symbols, the bread and cup, that remind us that even Jesus life itself was not too much to give to make us one. Thank you for these gifts and thank you for your presence here.
Now, as we take the bread and cup, fill us again with your Spirit, that we too may give our lives to the cause of bringing your people and your world back into right relationships. Send us out with the Good News of your love on our lips and in our hearts.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.