In today’s reading, Jesus observed the manner in which guests picked places of honour at wedding feast, and he admonished them with a parable insisting that no one should exalt himself beyond measure by taking up the place of honour when invited for a feast, instead he should take the least place at the table and allow the host when he arrives to move him to a better place for it may be embarrassing when he is moved to a lowly place at the table for someone more distinguished than him.
Also Jesus instructed the host and others at the table, when hosting a luncheon or dinner, to invite the poor, the crippled and those who cannot repay or return the gesture rather than their friends, relations or rich neighbours who can, for then they shall be blessed and repaid in the afterlife.
Finally Jesus told a parable of a man who prepared a great banquet and invited many guests but at the time of banquet sent his servant to the invited guests but they declined each giving various excuses for their absence. The man got furious and ordered that the invalids (the poor, blind, lame and crippled) be invited to the banquet until it became filled.
One of the greatest qualities expected of Christians and exemplified by the life and teachings of Jesus is that of humility and selflessness. Today, through these qualities, humanity is guaranteed salvation. We are instructed not to think too highly of ourselves in our daily dealings with people as these guarantees Gods benevolence towards us. Finally the parable of the great banquet alerts us to the reality of our inheritance in Christ and how paramount it is to remain steadfast and diligent in whatever we do in the lord and not allow the cares and distractions of this world to deny us of glorious inheritance in Christ.
I receive the spirit of humility to make a difference IJN
Reading – Luke 14:7-24
7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”