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Reflection by Joe Wetterling
Today's Gospel: Luke 14:15-24
The parables of Jesus are a rich store for us. As you read and pray about them, you can find new ways of seeing them. I had always read this parable of the great feast with Jesus as the Master, calling Israel to the feast, and that is true. Some of the Church Fathers, though, saw Jesus as the servant of the parable. In this reading, it is Jesus who is sent by God the Father to call the poor and crippled and blind and lame.
Throughout the Old Testament, we see God reach out to His creatures – sometimes through prophets and sometimes very directly. He invites them into communion with Him, over and over, and over and over they fall short. In time, God sends His son, as the Master’s servant, to invite us to the heavenly feast, and, again, we fall short.
We are the blind, spiritually if not physically. We are the crippled, in our hearts if not in our bodies. Still He invites us to be with Him. And He invites those around us, the young and old, the rich and poor, those we love and those we can’t stand. He invites the sick and the noisy and the uneducated. He invites you, and He invites me. Who are the only people in the parable that do not join the feast? It is only those who make excuses, those who turn down the invitation, that will never taste that food.
Where in my life do I need to remember that someone else is invited to God’s heavenly feast? Who am I tempted to write off that God has nonetheless called?
Father, thank You for Your boundless generosity, for inviting us all to Your heavenly banquet. I accept Your invitation, and I look forward to the day when we gather together with You, face to face.
Copyright 2020 Joe Wetterling
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