Finding our place at the table
I remember with excitement and joy my first Passover meal with the Lamperts in suburban Chicago. Traditionally sung by the youngest child, I was invited to sing in Hebrew, “Why is this night different from all others?” The humble mystery we share with our Jewish friends is that we have been spared…saved from destruction… redeemed by God who claims us to live as holy people. For Jews, the innocence of a child’s question begins the annual memorial of their identity as chosen people. In Passover there is a sense of urgency, there is no time for matzoh to rise, and not one more moment spent in slavery! In parallel, we Christians remember our redemption each time we celebrate the Eucharist. “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!” Every week at St. Michael’s we rehearse the liturgical welcome of all people, including young children, to the feast of the Lord. Resounding power and transformative grace exudes this welcome each week, reuniting families as we sing our way into mystical table fellowship with the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. St. Paul writes in Galatians 5:1 “For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Let us trust Christ who can break our chains of fear, doubt, division, addiction, coercion and pride. He has saved us! He calls us today into newness of life.