Come Together

Dear Compelled, 
What are you compelled to do in life? In Luke 14:23 Jesus says he “compels people to go out and invite people to come into his house so that it might be filled.” Jesus clearly wants his people to come together for mealtime.

In the Jesuit mystic/scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s meditation “The Mass on the World,” he argues that there is no such thing as a private mass (worship service). The Eucharist (holy communion) life is one of growing interconnectedness and mutual sacrifice. When I stand before an altar with bread and wine in hand,“ de Chardin writes, “in that –bread, the wine, and in my own person –the whole planet is present in microcosm. The sacrament unity symbolized in the Eucharist isn’t the unity of the church, but the unity of humankind, as God’s Spirit is poured out onto the world.” 

Nobody is left out. My worst moments as a human being are when I leave out the other, or when the other leaves me behind.

Read Luke 14:15-24 for further reflection. 

Let us pray that Christ's claim upon us comes to address our lonely moments. Let us pray for the lonely and offer thanks that all are compelled to come to God's sacred meal. 

Still in One Peace, 
Pastor David Jensen

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