Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Daily Prayer

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Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13. Her message goes all over the earth – Psalm 18 (19): 2-5. Matthew 9: 9-13.

Who do we invite to our table?

One morning on a cold winter morning in Melbourne, I was walking down Collins Street on my way to a conference. I was shocked to see a pile of blankets that as I got closer was actually a homeless man sleeping restlessly. I felt powerless and didn’t want to offer condescending words or actions to move on. Later I came across another homeless man. Although he was drinking and smoking a coffee, he was invisible to passers-by. I stopped and asked his name and how he was doing. We had a short chat and at the end I said: ‘I hope it gets better for you’. The depth of his simple “me too” answer was betrayed by the need for inclusion. Today the gospel calls us to think about who we meet every day and who we are called to be? Who do we invite to our table and who not?

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