You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
An Invitation to Encounter
When we come to the table of the Lord, we may find we come with expectations. We come with beliefs about who God is, with our own understanding of who will or will not be welcome, with some anticipation of how the experience will unfold.
Yet when we come to the table, we are invited to encounter the embodied love of Jesus — a love that often radically challenges our expectations and calls us into a new way of life. We might come expecting God to be the presiding, honorable host. We find, instead, Jesus — wrapped in the clothes of a servant — kneeling before our dirty feet with a tub of water. We encounter his love in our skin and our soles. And when we look up, we see him handing us the towel.
An encounter with the love of Christ changes how we encounter everyone. It changes how we encounter our own weakness. It changes how we encounter the people we see every day. It changes how we encounter the world.
May we open our hearts to genuine encounter with the love of Jesus this week, and may we be changed to encounter the world.