Phrases like “radical welcome” and “Christian hospitality” are popular these days; back home in Chicago it seems that I hear them in church almost weekly. They can become routine, milquetoast clichés that don’t mean much. But in a world marked by violent ethnic strife, cantankerous political divisions and toxic racial segregation, the Lord’s Supper has the potential to be a powerful and hopeful alternative.
My “first communion” reminded me that the God who shows up at communion is a God who brazenly—even foolishly—seeks us out of the crowd. A God who awkwardly crosses divisions and differences to invite each of us to full participation in life with God.” —Table manners: Unexpected grace at communion | The Christian Century