Reflection on Luke 14:15-24 ~
It seems to me that we become so busy with our own desires that we often fail to understand the reality of Christ’s invitation. Perhaps you have been awakened to dine with Christ’s by an extreme such as suffering or a singular life-changing event. More often or not it happens more subtlety such as recognizing divinity in the beauty of a sunrise. The sign that we have accepted God’s embrace is that we will be instilled with a desire of forever wanting the taste of more.
Luke 14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Parable of the Great Dinner
15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ 20 Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ 23 Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 14:15-24.