We eat with our friends, enjoying a meal
In fellowship sweet; it has great appeal;
The same was for Jesus; it was a strong sign
To demonstrate friendship — in bread and in wine.
He often was seen at banquets and feasts
With rich or with poor and sometimes with priests;
But such a disgrace — he broke ‘purity’ law;
The ‘sinners’ so labeled were outcasts and poor.
Wrong doers were those exploiting the weak;
The poor had no life; their outlook was bleak;
Yet Jesus had meals with those driven by greed;
He challenged their life-style, rejecting their creed.
The stories we have with Jesus as guest
At meals with the rich, he causes unrest;
He speaks of God’s Kingdom, of true equity;
Forgiveness of debt and sincere harmony.
So we can engage the rich and the strong
Who exploit the weak — we know it is wrong;
New list’ning to Jesus and walking his way
We challenge the world with the Christ of today.
Suggested Tune: Lyons (We Worship You, God) or Hanover (You Servants of God)