Luke 14: 15- 25
The Parable of the Great Dinner
” One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 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.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ 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.’ And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ 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. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
I was considering the results of the recent are European parliamentary elections and I thought of this passage from the Gospel of Luke. I started thinking to myself which party it would be better to be a member of. Well I think the answer is obvious it would be better to be a member of God’s Party and to go to God’s party.
Jesus said the kingdom of God was like a wonderful party that some people skipped because they were too busy. People had initially accepted the initial invitation but when the time came, they each had something else they wanted to do, does this not sound familiar.
But the party was ready! The food was prepared, the wine was poured. The party wasn’t cancelled just because a few guests changed their minds.
Jesus said the host of the party worked hard to make sure everybody who was available came to the party, including the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.
What do you get busy with that might cause you to neglect an invitation to be part of God’s kingdom and God’s party