August 28, 2013. by rick. This passage can be broken into two parts. So that servant came and reported these things to his master: The master of the feast must have been surprised at the response; he was certainly angry. He who called him to the steep road will walk with him every step of the way and be there at the end to meet him. As Jesus spoke these words, everybody knew what He meant. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. On that day God would give a great feast to his own people at which Leviathan, the sea monster, would be part of the food. Jesus told his fellow diners a parable. ii. A reflection on Psalm 14 and Luke 15. This passage tells us certain things about Jesus and his enemies. a. iii. The greatest threat to the best often comes from second best. Dr. Sally Douglas at Richmond Unting Church, Sunday 15 September 2019. It can hurt the recipient much more than a blunt refusal. And whoever: We remember that Jesus spoke this to the great multitudes, instructing them on what it meant to be His disciple – especially, that it is more than accepting an invitation. Jesus, with searing contempt, demands how, if it be right to help an animal on the Sabbath, it can be wrong to help a man. You can also change some of your preferences. Counting the cost of the tower. Jesus once again was on the road with his disciples and great crowds were following him. In the crowd close to Jesus was a man who suffered from dropsy. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. 1. Nor are we miserable there, and letting everyone know by our facial expressions that we really don’t belong there. Staying salty. (ii) A man may give purely from motives of self-interest. The Gospel for today can be a difficult one to understand. Even John Trapp (1601-1669) agreed with this idea: “This may be meant (saith Mr Perkins) of the Christian magistrate; for that is the magistrate’s duty in respect of the outward profession.”, v. Bruce on compel: “Reflects in the first place the urgent desire of the master to have an absolutely full house, in the second the feeling that pressure will be needed to overcome the incredulity of country people as to the invitation to them being meant seriously. Date: July 27, 2018 Author: HAT 0 Comments. The emperor decrees that all persons be registered; that is, the emperor is going to make sure that he gets taxes from everybody under his control. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear. d. Forsake all that he has: This ancient Greek phrase had the idea, “To say goodbye to.” Jesus told us to say goodbye to everything we have, entrusting it to Jesus. “To accept the invitation beforehand and then to refuse it when the day came was a grave insult.” (Barclay). Eastern language is always as vivid as the human mind can make it. Jesus confronts our sin of religious hypocrisy (14:1-6). In Palestine, when a man made a feast, the day was announced long beforehand and the invitations were sent out and accepted; but the hour was not announced; and when the day came and all things were ready, servants were sent out to summon the already invited guests. So the master said to his servant, 'Go out to the roads and to the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. However much we have achieved, we still have achieved very little in the end. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. He founded a school at Kingswood, near Bristol. Some believe that he was invited simply to provoke Jesus into doing something that they could accuse Him regarding. Reflection: Luke 14:25-33 23 rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 14:25-33. • Luke 11:14-16: The diverse reactions before the expulsion of a devil. ii. “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.”. A professed believer who through corruption or assimilation loses distinctiveness, flavor, or preservative value is of no use as a follower of Jesus. The Challenge of Familiarity. a. b. Swinburne slandered Christ by saying, The world has grown gray from thy breath. The first hearers of Jesus didn’t need an explanation of the cross; they knew it was an unrelenting instrument of torture, death, and humiliation. Thursday of week 31 of Ordinary Time; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, THE KING'S BANQUET AND THE KING'S GUESTS (. Other relationships are definitely of lower priority than faithfulness and obedience to Jesus. ii. There is nothing more trying than to be under constant and critical scrutiny. Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? “You aren’t brutal and cruel men. I facilitate/conduct Spiritual Recollections and talks in person or via Zoom. Beside it we should always set another text--The love of Christ controls us. If we live with him, he can make us like himself. Jesus saw that His host chose his guests from a sense of exclusion and pride, lacking love to others. Jesus said to him, "There was a man who made a great banquet, and who invited many people to it. Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. It is still possible for a man to be so immersed in this world that he has no time to worship, and even no time to pray. This is a subtle form of spiritual pride that is very dangerous. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. We do a great disservice when we appear to soften the demands of the gospel, either for others or for ourselves. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. i. If the salt has lost its flavor: Salt that loses its “saltiness” is of no use. He took real-life situations familiar to all, and used them to bring forth God’s truth, especially for those open to hear His truth. “If they said no, they would reveal themselves for what they really were – inhumane religious leaders. It costs something to be the disciple of Jesus; it costs more to reject Him. (ii) We can retain it by comparison with the perfect. ii. "Go out," said the master, "and compel them to come in." In Palestine it had three characteristic uses. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. The tower which the man was going to build was probably a vineyard tower. What does it mean to follow Jesus? This was an audacious demand. Humiliation vs. Humility. And we even learn how to do our grasping with a spiritual veneer. Answer: The Parable of the Great Banquet is found in Luke 14:15-24. Reflections on the Sunday Lectionary Readings David Owen and Mark Smith reflect on the lectionary of Sunday scripture readings. Open wells were quite common in Palestine, and were not infrequently the cause of accidents (compare Exodus 21:33). They wanted to see where he would seat himself. But when someone whose accent is the accent of love suddenly speaks with a threat we are bound to listen. Please have me excused.' Reflection on Luke 17:24—This verse shows us that the Lord will return in the last days as the Son of man, just like lightning. To accept the invitation beforehand and then to refuse it when the day came was a grave insult. Stairwell in L’Eglise de Saint Sulpice, Paris, France. for real – a reflection on Luke 14:25-33. Luke 14:25-33. They could not answer Him regarding these things: One reason they could not answer was that in using this analogy Jesus appealed to something good in His accusers. No wonder they could not understand Jesus! We must always remember that Jesus thought of the kingdom in terms of a feast. 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. i. They were watching him; and the word used for watching is the word used for "interested and sinister espionage." Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Jesus told him to not only ask those who could repay something to the host. Parables are not fables; Jesus didn’t tell fanciful stories with morals. Here, the setting shifts outside and goes public. This answers an important question asked by many: If Christianity is so true and so good, why don’t more embrace it? Excuses are made. The originally invited guests stand for the Jews. In every sphere of life a man is called upon to count the cost. b. The excuses are different, but really all the same – they all with one accord began to make excuses. “As the commentators well recognize, the veiled reference is to the Gentiles who would soon be invited to enter the kingdom of God through faith in Christ.” (Pate), Now great multitudes went with Him. The law had its meticulous regulations about Sabbath meals. Reflection for Sunday December 25, Christmas, Solemnity of the Lord’s Birth, Holy Mass during Midnight; Luke 2:1-14 Gospel: Luke 2:1-14. | 1,596 views. Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? i. Isidore Clarke. There is one sentence in this parable which has been sadly misused. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. Vancouver BC Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday the 4th. If a quite undistinguished guest arrived early at a feast and annexed the top place, and if a more distinguished person then arrived, and the man who had usurped the first place was told to step down, a most embarrassing situation resulted. He then spoke an appropriate word to these great multitudes (He turned and said to them). Here the homilies are being sorted through the liturgical year. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. “It is possible to be a follower of Jesus without being a disciple; to be a camp-follower without being a soldier.” (Barclay), “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it; lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? The Mindset That Ultimately Wins Series. comment 1. They would be apt to laugh in the servant’s face.”, vi. Then there are some folks who can't issue decrees. It is my hope, eventually, to have one homily for every daily mass throughout the two year cycle, along with one homily for every Sunday throughout the three year cycle, and also one homily for every feast and solemnity that comes with its own readings. Surely this is the final condemnation of the Christian who is afraid to enjoy himself. Share on Facebook. (2 Corinthians 5:14.) The excuses begin to explain why such a wonderful invitation was rejected. When a person is always carping and criticizing and complaining, his irritable anger ceases to have any significance or any effect. Vineyards were often equipped with towers from which watch was kept against thieves who might steal the harvest. When that happens to most people they lose their nerve and, even more often, lose their temper. All of a sudden a man with swollen legs stood up in front of him. The Gospel begins with Jesus once again at table. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. b. It is by no means impossible that the Pharisees "planted" the man with the dropsy in this house to see what Jesus would do. Luke 14: 25-33. (Luke 2:8-14) These shepherds have been unjustifiably vilified as social outcasts from a despised class of people. Only a fool buys ten oxen and is only interested in testing them after the purchase. The symbol of the kingdom was the happiest thing that human life could know. Carrying a cross always led to death on a cross. (iii) Salt was used on the land. There were no holidays. Sunday reflection: Luke 18:9–14. (Luke 14:15) by asking, “You admire the Messianic Banquet; yet are you ready to receive the invitation to come? The strong call to discipleship was consistent with the love of Jesus; it was the result of His love. But he said to him, 'There was a man who gave a great banquet, and he invited a large number of people. Luke 4:12-25. Yet, when Christian mission is shaped toward the “sell” mentality, it more often than not becomes a “low-cost” and “low-risk” commodity.1 How else will we … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 14:25-33" We may request cookies to be set on your device. ii. One of those at table with Jesus said to him, "Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God." W. M. Macgregor, in his Warrack Lectures, speaks with the scorn of which he was such a master, about one of John Wesley's few mistakes. “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? The things which divide men from men and which destroy friendships are often little things to which no sensible man, in his saner moments, would allow any importance. Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind: If those first invited to the feast refused, there would still be a feast, because the master would not prepare a banquet in vain. Sinners and outcasts saw the love prompting the bold call to discipleship, and they responded. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. A reflection by Rev. Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”. But though this parable spoke with a threat to the Jews who had refused God's invitation, and with an undreamed of glory to the sinners and the outcasts and the gentiles who had never dreamed of receiving it, there are in it truths which are forever permanent and as new as today. But if a man is daunted by the high demands of Christ let him remember that he is not left to fulfil them alone. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. But, when you have been invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that, when the man who has invited you comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, come up higher.' They were watching his every move. THE KING'S BANQUET AND THE KING'S GUESTS (Luke 14:15-24) 14:15-24 When one of those who were sitting at table with Jesus heard this, he said, "Happy is the man who eats bread in the kingdom of God." About This was a remarkable miracle. The most honored person sat in a particular seat, the next most honored person in another place, and so on down the line. Contributed by Richard Tow on Jul 6, 2020. The promise of exaltation for the humble and humiliation for the proud is one ultimately fulfilled in eternity. On the Sabbath, Jesus was invited to dine at the house of a prominent Pharisee. It isn’t wrong to ever invite your friends, your brothers, and so on; but it is wrong to only invite such people. Facebook likes and the call to shuffle down: A Reflection on Luke 14.7-14. It is perilously easy for a new game, a new hobby, even a new friendship, to take up even the time that should be kept for God. People respond to a challenging gospel if the truth is spoken in love. When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast: A wedding party was the most important social occasion in Jewish life at that time. It is most significant that Jesus thought of his kingdom and his service in terms of a feast. Reflection on Luke 14:1-6 ~ Jesus no doubt emphasized Sabbath’s day of rest to include the being and doing of helping others in need, celebrating being together at the table, and the company of friends and family. He would not refuse even an enemy's invitation. (i) The first man said that he had bought a field and was going to see it. Reflection On Luke 14:1, 7-14 “On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him … They wanted to see what he thought of himself; how important he thought he may be. That is why Jesus spoke this parable. Is this important? We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. Now when one of those who sat at the table: Still at the dinner given by one of the rulers of the Pharisees (Luke 14:1), Jesus had just spoken strongly, warning them against traditionalism, pride, and exclusivity. There are fine souls in whose company it is easier to be brave and cheerful and good. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”. Dr. Sally Douglas at Richmond Unting Church, Sunday 1 September 2019. Sunday of week 23 of Ordinary Time (Cycle C) Wednesday of week 31 of Ordinary Time; Luke 15:1-10. Our passage is found in Luke 14:1-11. i. There is no lovelier thing than a home and yet a home was never meant to be used selfishly. Luke 14.1, 7-14 Luke 14.1, 7-14 (NRSV) Humility and Hospitality. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Once someone was talking to a great scholar about a younger man. Now, extend that same common-sense kindness to needy people.”, i. We will briefly discuss the hypocrisy of the religious leaders in verses 1-6 before spending most of our time in verses 7-11. In being content in whatever place God allows you to block them here. he showed others-centered living remained.. 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