Read Matthew 22: 1-14
The psalmist wrote, “You prepare a table
before me in the presence of my enemies.”
Who of us is willing to invite total strangers to a meal?
Usually, we surround ourselves with friends — people
who see the world like we do. Yet Psalm 23: 5 puts us in the
uncomfortable position of table fellowship with our enemies.
Today’s quoted verse reminds us that it’s not our party.
Christ is our host; he
decides who gets a seat at
his table. Christ invites
people who don’t look like
us, sound like us, or even
believe exactly the way we
do. Seated around Christ’s
table are the poor and the rich, people of every political per-
suasion, men and women of different skin colors and different
So, Christ has offered us this seat at a table filled with both
friends and foes. Each of us must decide either to hold on to
animosity, or, out of love for our Host, to seek reconciliation
with the guests we wouldn’t have invited! As we share the
meal, we learn to love those whom Christ loves.
This World Communion Sunday, may we learn to live in
peace with all God’s people as we celebrate the mystery of
Christ’s presence with us at the table.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, teach us to love the way you do so
that we may help to invite people to your table. Amen.
Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama)
Prayer Focus: OUR ENEMIES
Thought for the Day
God calls me to see people
through the eyes of Christ.