At the most basic level, the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus warns us that God expects us to give out of all the good things we receive; that even those we see as outcast and forgotten are not forgotten by God. It also warns that, if we wait for eternity to set things right, we'll be too late. We should start now, right here, at the table.
God, our host welcomes each and every one to the table. We must do exactly the same, realizing that we all come as sinners in need of God's grace and all receive it. As we look around the table everyone we see is God's beloved child and honored guest.
Let us pray.
God who loves and forgives each of us, we thank you that Jesus came to show us how to live a life that is open to your grace, embracing each one he met as brother or sister. We thank you that he gave his life to overcome sin and death for us. We thank you for these symbols, the bread and cup, that remind us of that gift.
Now, as we eat the bread and drink from the cup, fill us also with your Spirit, that we can reach out in love to all your children, wherever we meet them.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.