Call to Communion

From the Iona Community:

He was always the guest.
In the homes of Peter and Jairus,
Martha and Mary, Joanna and Susanna,
he was always the guest.
At the meal tables of the wealthy
where he pled the case of the poor,
he was always the guest.
Upsetting polite company,
befriending isolated people,
welcoming the stranger,
he was always the guest.

But here,
at this table,
he is the host.

Those who wish to serve him
must first be served by him,
those who want to follow him
must first be fed by him,
those who would wash his feet
must first let him make them clean.
For this is the table
where God intends us to be nourished;
this is the time
when Christ can make us new.

So come, you who hunger and thirst
for a deeper faith,
for a better life,
for a fairer world.
Jesus Christ,
who has sat at our tables,
now invites us to be guests at his.


7 comments on “Call to Communion

  1. poverty on the way to Jesus (book: “The Fear of Beggars” consider / ashes im- / -position


  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, very nice poem. So much truth in such a few amount of words. Every morning when my feet hit the floor as I roll out of bed, my day starts with “This is the day that You have made and I will rejoice in it. Lord, what are we going to do today?” Many times soon after, the phone rings from some one that needs help with a ride or house maintenance, or car trouble. Who ever said Christians lead a dull life have never lived it.

    Have a great call to communion day.


    • Bill says:

      I discovered this in a book I just finished. It is the liturgical call to communion used by the Iona Community in Scotland. Glad you liked it.


  3. shoreacres says:

    The declarative and the imperative always beat the argumentative, hands down. Wonderful poem, distilling to much truth into so few words.


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