God and Man At Table

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          A trying weekend. An extended family getaway that didn’t quite live up to even our simple hopes of bonding and quiet fun. We hardly did anything, yet we missed Sunday Mass. I felt as if the whole lot of us were running in circles, plans didn’t stick; so much of effort yet almost everything didn’t hit the intended mark.

          After such a severe year, my kids and I had been looking forwards to this time of rest, with loved ones and enough time by the shores of quiet water. Instead, by the time the getaway wound to an end, the inside of my heart was scratched good from disappointment and irritation.

          We returned home, each one trying to find a silver lining in the weekend that was and trying to hold on to that lining. But that was made harder by the fact that due to the getaway, our year end Christmas gathering had to now be cancelled because many in our group couldn’t make two trips so close.

          This morning, waking up to find my pot empty of energy and happy cheer, I went to chores and errands with a leaden step. The winds must have known, for they gathered around our home, earnestly trying to sing us back to joy. Feeling and hearing them, I tried to rouse the embers back to life. I prayed prayers from my mind because my heart simply refused to partake of them.

Jesus, give me Your hope, Your joy, Your strength

          Hours later, spirits still sagging, I went to lie down. Tracing the Cross on both my ears, I wearily asked God to speak to me.

          I awakened with a hymn in my ears, as clear as a bell , God and Man At Table Are Sat Down.

O, welcome all ye noble saints of old,
As now before your very eyes unfold
The wonders all so long ago foretold,
God and man at table are sat down,
God and man at table are sat down

Elders, martyrs, all are falling down,
Prophets, patriarchs are gathering ’round
What angels longed to see now man has found,
God and man at table are sat down,
God and man at table are sat down

Who is this who spreads the victory feast?
Who is this who makes our warring cease?
Jesus, Risen Savior, Prince of peace,
God and man at table are sat down,
God and man at table are sat down

Beggars, lame, and harlots also here,
Repentant publicans are drawing near,
Wayward sons come home without a fear,
God and man at table are sat down,
God and man at table are sat down.

          As I went back to my day, puzzling the import of this hymn, its place in Advent, this line played over and over,

God and man at table are sat down
God and man at table are sat down

          I sensed no change within me, my heart remaining a mute lead ball within me. But an unseen voice sang his line undeterred,

God and man at table are sat down,
God and man at table are sat down

          That line took me back to a post written in October, to the accompanying picture of a table by a river made golden by the sun. And once more I read words He had spoken to my heart through another’s.

I will not abandon or forsake you. I am faithful. I have chosen you and you are Mine. My blessing is upon you and the designs of My heart are about to unfold for you. You have only to trust Me. Believe that I will keep you as the apple of My eye. You are safe under My Mother’s mantle. I will hold you close to My wounded Heart. Trust that I will bring about all that I have promised you  ~  In Sinu Jesu

          I understood then that through the Holy Eucharist hymn, God and Man At Table Are Sat Down, Jesus was calling me back to the beach of hope and trust, to await the time of unveiling.

The designs of My heart are about to unfold for you.

Trust that I will bring about all that I have promised you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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