“Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1)
To the humble table of Jesus, you are invited. No matter who you are, no matter where you came from, you are welcome to have a seat with him. It is not a luxurious meal, but just humble bread and wine. Having the bread and wine, you may remember Jesus who gave you his body and blood and how he loves you to the end. Sharing the meal with others, you may taste and see God’s grace upon you and how God’s coming kingdom looks like in the future. To this table, for this meal, Jesus invites everybody and wants to share this astounding story of love. So today I am extending his loving welcome to you and inviting you to the table of Jesus, which we will commemorate and celebrate tomorrow during our World Communion Sunday service. There will be the table full of life and hope, love and grace for you and for all others. Come to the Lord’s table, all you who love him! Come to the Lords table and be at peace!
The Table with No Edges
We will sit down where feet tire from the journey.
We will sit down where grief bends the back.
We will sit down under roofs wrecked by artillery.
We will sit down where cries sound from cracked walls.
We will sit down where heat beats like hammers.
We will sit down where flesh shivers in cold.
We will sit down where bread bakes on thin charcoal.
We will sit down where there is no grain in baked fields.
We will sit down with those who dwell in ashes.
We will sit down in shadow and in light.
We will sit down, making friends out of strangers.
We will sit down, our cup filled with new wine.
We will sit down and let love flow like language.
We will sit down where speech needs no words.
We will sit together at the table with no edges.
We will sit to share one loaf, in Christ’s name, in one world.
© Copyright 2015 by Andrew King
Pastor Earl Kim's weekly reflections