First Reading:1 Kings 19:16B, 19-21
Psalm Response: Psalm 16:1-2, 5,7-11
Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
As a child, my favorite Church song was, Welcome In, by Joe Wise. To this day, I find myself still singing some of the words.
Welcome in! Take my hand.
Let us walk no more and talk no more as strangers in this land,
As we meet here in the cause way, of His love and your desire
Let’s bring the night to fire, welcome in!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus preparing to make his final journey to Jerusalem, sends messengers ahead to prepare for his reception. They enter a Samaritan village but are not welcomed.
Have you ever been a part of a group where you did not feel welcome? Have others been in your company whom you did not welcome? Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s going on around us that we fail to see the face(s) of those wishing to be received and welcomed into the circle.
Gracious and Loving God, may our eyes be opened to those seeking to enter into the circles of our lives and may we be the first to say, Welcome In!
Jane Schaefer, Associate