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He is Both, Host & Guest

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Probably the greatest “secret” about Christian worship, what many people do not know or realize, is this: While many may think we “go to church” to do something for God or pay our respects to Him, we Christians actually “go to church” in order that God may do something for us! To be sure, both aspects are present in our worship services. Once when Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha, Martha was busy being a good hostess, an example of hospitality. When she complained that her sister Mary wasn’t helping, however, the Lord didn’t rebuke her for her work but reminded her that there are priorities. Our Lord welcomed everyone, from the least and most despised to the greatest and most honored. But His chief work was to deliver the world from sin and death by means of His sacrifice on the cross. Ever since then He is both host and guest in our assemblies. We welcome Him as Guest with the shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Then He turns our altar into a table and hosts us by feeding us with His Word, His body and blood. He then sends us on our way rejoicing to serve others.

[Homiletical Overview: The Gospel tells of the two sisters, Mary and Martha, when Jesus came to visit them. Hospitality has many levels. Certainly Martha’s distraction “with much serving” was not a bad thing in itself. It is only as she complained about Mary not helping her that she needed to be reminded of “the good portion,” of what’s most important, namely, sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to His teaching. All of this points to Christ who demonstrated His saving love on many levels, from welcoming all from the lowest and the despised of society to the most honored. His chief work of hospitality, however, is in serving us with His most precious death. Since then, especially in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, He is both the host who comes to feed and serve us and guest who is honored and worshiped.

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