Carried to the table each one The limping, the strong, the clean and the filthy—all alike. Seated by the table each one The rich, the poor, the intellectual and the fool—all alike. Each one’s feet washed and dried The wrecked, the whole, the empty and the full—all alike Served at the table each one The powerful, the weak, the sinful and the righteous—all alike. Welcomed each one to the feast of the lamb The judge, the murderer, the faithful and the adulterer—all alike. Grace granted to each one The first-hour workers, the eleventh-hour workers—all alike. All alike—men, women, children, every neighbour, every unlikely lot, All at the table deprived yet equally bestowed upon with forgiveness. The radical call to each one The likely and unlikely both partaking of the same Body. He who receives more at the table ought to give more. You will be known by what you have received and from which you give— The mark of a Christian is Love.
This is based on one of the recurring subjects of the book of Ecclesiastes—the inevitability of death. The Qohelet (or the teacher) in the book emphasises upon the temporariness of life irrespective of who or what we are; death is universal as it is that which evens out things at the end. Yet, there is more that goes behind the scenes than just a meaningless existence.
This is a reflection from the book of Job based on the discourse that happens between Job and God, where God speaks out of the whirlwind. Job would have expected an explanation for the accusations and questions he raises about his suffering but God doesn’t justify Himself to Job, rather He declares His sovereignty and wisdom.