Saturday, March 9, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 32, Exodus 32:7-14, and Luke 15:1-10
“This man eats with sinners.”
Umm.... Your point is?
Of course Jesus ate with sinners. He wants us to, as well. And he means more than the other sinners at church, although that’s included. He means we’re to go and meet people where they are, love them where they’re at, and minister to their needs. He doesn’t want us to force them to change before joining us; he’s going to worry about that. We just focus on being like Jesus. That’s a lot more effective than giving out tracts about going to hell or shouting at people on street corners.
Have you shared a meal with someone who doesn’t really belong to a church? How about sharing some of the bread you baked on Thursday? Don’t just drop it off and then leave. Invite them over for dinner, treat them like you would any other guest, and allow Jesus’ light to shine within you. Let that be your prayer.