Be Our Guest

Psalm 111; Exodus 24:1–11; Romans 15:22–33

If you were invited to a US presidential affair, you might be surprised. Unless you roam such circles or are connected to them, usually you won’t have any expectation of being invited to sit at the table with the president, unless, of course, you decide to contribute to their presidential campaign and pay a lot of money to eat mediocre food. It just isn’t going to happen.

? ┤If you were invited and accepted that invitation, how would you react to those seated with you? Would you be on “good” behavior? Would you be yourself? Would you be absolutely frozen? What if, the president came to your table and spoke with you? ├ ?

Most of us think that we would react just fine. Depending on which president or former president, we might even believe that we would correct them and “tell them the way it is.” We might.

The 70 elders ate with . They saw the floor of ‘s abode. We could just write it off as some religious experience, but that sounds pretty significant to just “write off”. In fact, writing it off is just like writing off because isn’t right there. Yes, people do belittle when they don’t recognize the of . However, based upon how this verse is often overlooked, perhaps we’re writing off the of altogether.

Yeah, I said “ouch” to myself, too.

One doesn’t “just” have a meal with . Culturally, a meal is a safe place; it can even be a place of transparency. Eating with . What an amazing experience!

? ┤Can you imagine eating with ? ├ ?

If you can’t, then think back to . While our theology doesn’t have us literally eating the body and blood of , we are still eating with . You eat a meal with ! Those 70 elders, and even Moses (!), will never experience what you—as a follower of —get to do regularly.

? ┤ Have you ever thought of as eating a meal with ? ├ ?

At , we will hear phrases as, “you are welcome” or “a guest at the table” or “‘s feast”, but do we really recognize that means that the master of ceremonies, the Creator of the Universe, the Word through whom all things were made, and for who all things were made, and the Spirit of that gives us a life unlike any other…is eating with us?


Gracious Father, we give You praise and thanks for Holy of the body and blood of Your Son, Christ our Lord, the means of our redemption. We pray that the mercies of may produce in us a grateful heart that finds expression through holy living and perfect love to and to people. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. [The ic ending prayer for the Under Special Circumstances, The Church Rituals Handbook, 2nd Edition, Jesse Middendorf]
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