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 30, Genesis 18:1-8, and Luke 14:12-14
How often do we actually do what Jesus says to do in today’s passage? How often do we actually invite others, who cannot repay us, to share meals with us?Is Jesus only talking about “fellowship suppers”, or could he be referring to the Eucharist as well? How might you carry out his commandments in this area?
Ask God to show you some people whom you need to invite to dinner. Carry though with it. Be aware: Jesus spent time with some very “undesirable” people! He will expect you to do the same. Look past the outward appearance and look at the heart. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Father, you judge us not by our outward appearance but by our hearts. Grant us grace to follow your example, and the example of your Son Jesus Christ, as we seek to break bread with others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.