In the gospel story for today, Jesus sends out the 72. I was a time where great signs were done and great power was shown. Yet Jesus warns not to rejoice in the power, but to rejoice that their names were written in heaven. In other words, the best and greatest of the Good News is the simple truth that God loves us and is preparing to receive us for eternity. The best and the greatest of the Good News is what we remember here at the table.
Let us pray.
God who loved us all so dearly that you would not allow anything to come between us and you, we thank you for Jesus. We thank you that he came to show us what a life devoted to you and others looks like. We thank you that he was willing to give even his life to defeat the powers of sin and death for us. We thank you that your love is clear to us in these symbols, the bread and cup, that remind us of what Jesus gave for us.
Now, as we take the bread and cup together, fill us anew with your Spirit, that we may be able to do the works you call us to do, whatever those may be, and that we might share that best and greatest of the Good News with all we meet.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.