Sermon Introduction –
We talk about God’s love all the time in church, but what comes next? When we follow Jesus, it transforms who we are. Does God have an “expectation” for us? Who does God want us to be?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. In our liturgy God spreads a table before us. Even amid anxiety and hardship we rejoice in the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. With great joy we feast at the table of the Lord, and we go forth to share the wonderful invitation with others hungering and thirsting for the abundant life of God.