Wed. April 10

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Today’s Focus                                                                  All are welcome!   

Today’s Scripture Reading                                           Luke 14:1, 7-14

One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely.When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

Daily Reflection                                                                                 Pastor’s reflection

Jesus’ thoughts on ancient meal practices still apply in our world today.  Jesus reminds the guests that in order to save social embarrassment it is much better to practice humility and not consider yourself higher than you should.  Rather in allowing ourselves to practice humility the host may bestow honor by inviting us to a seat of honor.  Even more importantly however Jesus shares a story that is still being lived out within our time and place.

At the banquet which is hosted by our Lord, ALL ARE WELCOME!!  Throughout the millennia this has not always been the case in Christ’s church here on earth, but here we can bear witness to Jesus’ call to all that all should be welcome at the table regardless of social status, physical ability, race, culture, sexual orientation, nationality, or faith tradition.

While we continue to practice hospitality at the table, not all traditions belonging to Christ share our thoughts and opinions.  We prayerfully and expectantly hope that God’s Will be accomplished in God’s church on earth.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Some questions for reflection

  • What kind of dinner conversation do you suppose Jesus’ teaching would have inspired in the midst of this banquet?
  • What challenges do you face in this world living up to this teaching shared with us by Christ? Just food for thought, could be prideful people, arrogant people, in addition to those who might be considered outcast.

Today’s discipleship challenge

  • Whether it’s a meal, or somewhere else, on this day “welcome” someone into your midst that is not part of your normal circle of friends. Did you learn anything from this activity?

Today’s prayer

Almighty God, by the love of Jesus You draw people to Yourself and welcome them into the households that You have fashioned, May we show Your joy by embracing those whom You send into our paths as we bear Your creative and redeeming word to all the world.  Keep us close together in Your Spirit, in the breaking of bread, in seeking forgiveness and offering forgiveness, in practicing hospitality and asking for hospitality, in following the example of Jesus Christ our servant and Lord!  Amen.

3 thoughts on “Wed. April 10

  1. Pastor Jerry

    I often find myself in turmoil over issues such as this one. Perhaps it is my upbringing, perhaps it is my experiences in the military or other aspects of my life, but I have often had personal issues with people who I believe somehow convey that they are better than others. I often think people like this portray a “faux self” in front of others. Maybe it is that at times in my life I have felt woefully inadequate to “do the things I do” so I will certainly take ownership and accountability for these feelings. I internally fight myself over these feelings as I know that Christ sees the hearts and gifts of each person, but at times I can think too harshly and say or do things that I later regret. I simply pray that our Lord would guide and lead me in ways in which I might is some measure be used as an instrument to bring a message of hope and peace from God to those whom I encounter.

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    1. Lisa Mantz

      Wow. You just described how I feel in almost every public situation. I usually feel “inferior” to others. I honestly believe it was the way I was treated as a child by other children throughout my school days. It probably reflects in my behavior as an adult. I tend to pull back from others a lot of times because I feel like what I have to say isn’t important enough. I feel many times like I don’t matter because I’m not good enough, yet I know in God’s eyes I do matter and I am good enough.

      I try to remember that God isn’t finished with me yet.

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