Deacon VicDear Brothers and Sisters,

Today’s readings are not really about moving up the social ladder to a “higher place at the table.” It’s really all about humility. Not the kind of false humility we all practice from time to time, but the real humility of knowing that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and all of God’s children are invited to the “wedding banquet” of the Eucharist on the Sabbath. Whether rich or poor, whether we are the “haves” or the “have-nots,” we are all equal in God’s eyes. The challenge comes when we leave Mass. We are called to serve others and to love others the way Jesus loves us. Consider this “Communion Prayer to End Hunger.”

God, food of the poor, Christ our bread, give us all a place at your table. Let us share the gifts of the earth that comfort and nourish us. The sacrament of your body: may breaking bread together remind us that we are all equal in your eyes. The sacrament of your blood: may sharing the cup together remind us that we must sustain each other. Fill us with life, with hope and love. Grace us with your bountiful goodness. Let us taste and see that the Lord is good and that we are one. Amen.

Deacon Vic Puscas