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.
Joanna Pearl is a psychologist, currently working with Urban India Ministries, Bangalore, as a content writer and a teacher. Her key interests are in the areas of mental health care and sexual trauma.