All Saints Messenger - November 9, 2017

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:34 AM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for FRIDAY, November 10

Matthew 14:20a  And all ate and were filled.

I moved to a new school in sixth grade. No place makes you feel like the new kid quite like a middle school cafeteria. Lunch tray in hand, I surveyed a sea of unfamiliar faces, looking for more than an empty chair. I was looking for somebody who would be glad to see me, someone who would welcome me.
In the eucharist, we experience two closely connected truths. One is that Jesus is delighted to see us-so delighted in fact that he gives himself to us in the bread and wine. As we gather around the table, we see people of every age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. When we are brave enough to look around, we recognize that Jesus is glad that each person has shown up. And we should be glad too.

When Jesus feeds the ragtag, motley crowd that followed him, he foreshadows the eucharist and the heavenly banquet that awaits us. When Jesus draws us to him, he also draws us to each other. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: Share a meal with a new friend this week-or with an old friend you haven't seen in a while.