Scripture: Luke 14:12–24
Key verses: (13-14) But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Reflection: Bonus points, jewels in your crown. That is how we will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. It is not about getting paid or earning something. This parable is about God’s love.
Jesus wants us to be different. We all are invited to the feast. That is the good news here. We are invited, not because God wants something from us but because of God’s love for us. God doesn’t expect anything in return.
When we read the scripture, how many of us instantly inserted ourselves in the role of the one having the party? Be honest. Most of us think of ourselves as the one having a big party. We all know that in this story we are the broken ones, the poor, the powerless, right? We are not invited so we could be put on display but out of hospitality and generosity. We are invited because God loves us.
Prayer: God, for those that are just as lost and broken as I am, neighbors, friends, family and those that drive me crazy, may they know a deep breath of peace. AMEN
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].