Yesterday, I received this alert from a local online news outlet.
ALERT: Still time to make a reservation for Easter.
The alert was informing me there was still time for me to make reservations at area restaurants for Easter brunch or dinner. It appeared in my inbox at the same time I was making preparations for our Maundy Thursday worship and jotting down notes and ideas for what I want to say on Easter Sunday morning.
The juxtaposition between the news alert and the witness of the Gospels caught my attention.
On one hand, the headline urged me to reserve my place so I would not be left out. On the other hand, was Jesus who invited and included all especially those who, in every other way, were purposefully excluded. The headline advertised a meal which few can afford. Tonight we will remember and reenact a meal that is both priceless and free.
Of course, we are talking about two different Easters.
But at the Easter I prefer and the one I will celebrate no reservations are required.
And, all are invited.