i. Jesus said compel to indicate God’s great desire to fill His house, and because these wanderers and outcasts needed to be convinced that they were welcome, compelled by love. Our passage is found in Luke 14:1-11. 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. Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God! In the crowd close to Jesus was a man who suffered from dropsy. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. Last week’s pericope from Luke was set inside, namely, in the home of a Pharisee where Jesus had been having relatively intimate mealtime conversations and interactions. Especially in Christian service, there is something wonderful about knowing that God has raised you up, instead of you raising yourself up to prominence of some sort. It’s perpetually dirty and too large and old to keep clean. Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day? b. There is no healthy pleasure which is forbidden to a Christian man, for a Christian is like a man who is forever at a wedding feast. 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. (ii) It is to be noted that Jesus never refused any man's invitation of hospitality. Preoccupation with material things and experiences is a common excuse for not following Jesus. c. But they all with one accord began to make excuses: Central to this parable are the excuses that were offered. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on August 28, 2016. Many a man has decided never to appear in public again after hearing a master musician perform. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear. Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. Luke 14:15-24 The Word of God One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to Jesus, 'Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!' 2) Gospel Reading - Luke 14:1,7-11 It happened that on a Sabbath day Jesus had gone to share a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees and they watched Him closely. He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath: Even though Jesus had some of His greatest disputes with the Pharisees, He still associated with them – not to be one of them, but to love them and show them a godly example. With this question, Jesus reminded them that there was no command against healing on the Sabbath. It was the observance of regulations like this that the Pharisees and scribes regarded as religion. The greatest threat to the best often comes from second best. Share on Twitter. 1 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 closely. Come, for all things are now ready: In an age before the clock, the date of the banquet was announced long before, but the exact time only was announced the very day. Share on Twitter. There is nothing more trying than to be under constant and critical scrutiny. The poor people from the streets and lanes stand for the tax-gatherers and sinners who welcomed Jesus in a way in which the orthodox never did. Beside it we should always set another text--The love of Christ controls us. We will briefly discuss the hypocrisy of the religious leaders in verses 1-6 before spending most of our time in verses 7-11. If the master of the feast were to raise us to a more prominent place, then it would be all the more satisfying (you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table). It is similar to the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), but with some significant differences. He knew that he was on his way to the cross; the crowds who were with him thought that he was on his way to an empire. Tuesday, 27 August 2013 . (iii) A man may give in order to feel superior. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. Then said he also to him that bade him — In the time of dinner, Jesus directed his discourse to the person who had invited him, and showed him what sort of people he should bid to his feasts. With one accord they all began to make excuses. He stood aside and let the man after him come first and began himself to applaud. Who gets the news first, a Reflection on Luke 2:1-14 Augustus is emperor; Quirinius is governor. i. (ii) Salt was used as a flavouring. They were watching him; and the word used for watching is the word used for "interested and sinister espionage." They were watching his every move. The only things they control are somebody else's sheep. 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. A reflection by Rev. One of the wonderful merciful laws of the Old Testament laid it down, "when a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, to be happy with his wife whom he has taken" (Deuteronomy 24:5). Questions for Reflection and Discussion – Luke 14 15-24. When we buy something new, we are almost always preoccupied by it. There are many stories and legends of the humility of Principal Cairns. Will you make excuses?”. “When Jesus said this he was on the road to Jerusalem. ii. People respond to a challenging gospel if the truth is spoken in love. And if we set our lives beside the life of the Lord of all good life, if we see our unworthiness in comparison with the radiance of his stainless purity, pride will die and self-satisfaction will be shrivelled up. Reflection on Luke 14 What is a disciple? That is self-centered living; we are called to follow Jesus, and He showed others-centered living. The Mindset That Ultimately Wins Series. So he took him and healed him and sent him away. None of the prophets or apostles asked for such personal commitment and devotion. To accept the invitation beforehand and then to refuse it when the day came was a grave insult. ii. a. Nor are we miserable there, and letting everyone know by our facial expressions that we really don’t belong there. Sunday of week 4 of Lent (Cycle C) Saturday of week 2 of Lent; Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10. 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." He wished to be understood as having made up his mind, and he was no longer open to argument. There has always been a type of Christianity which has taken all the colour out of life. At the time of the banquet he sent his servants to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, because everything is now ready.' Locke, the great philosopher, defined laughter as "a sudden glory." b. Then there are some folks who can't issue decrees. So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: a. a. Yet Jesus used the strong word hate to show how great the difference must be between our allegiance to Jesus and our allegiance to everyone and everything else. These men were probably devout Jews looking for the Messiah, given the way they respond to the angel's words. “Thus, while our Lord rebuked the wrong attitude and temper of these men, He did so by appealing to the best within them and calling them to be true to it. Lectio: Luke 14,15-24 "Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule. i. Tuesday, November 3, 2020. e. I have married a wife: The third excuse had to do with a man who put his family before everything. Share on Facebook. As Jesus spoke these words, everybody knew what He meant. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. ii. Share on Facebook. 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. In the gospel story there are seven incidents in which Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. ii. In Scotland, we may, for instance, think of that weird structure called "M'Caig's Folly" which stands behind Oban. 14:7-11 Jesus spoke a parable to the invited guests, for he noticed how they chose the first places at the table. Thursday, November 2, 2017. Many a preacher has been humbled almost to despair when he has heard a real saint of God speak. (Psalm 75:6-7), “But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. It is as clear as daylight that we will never make our enemies our friends if we refuse to meet them and talk with them. We don’t have the same cultural situation for wedding feasts today; but we certainly do have the desire to grasp for a certain position or status. But if a man is daunted by the high demands of Christ let him remember that he is not left to fulfil them alone. Eastern language is always as vivid as the human mind can make it. 1Reflection for Tuesday November 7, Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 14:15-24 Gospel: Luke 14:15-24. Bear his cross and come after Me: Here Jesus said to the great multitudes something very similar to what He said privately to all His disciples in Luke 9:23 – that being a follower of Jesus is something like bearing a cross. But when someone whose accent is the accent of love suddenly speaks with a threat we are bound to listen. (ii) We can retain it by comparison with the perfect. It is most significant that Jesus thought of his kingdom and his service in terms of a feast. September 5, 2019. ii. i. Even in his greatness he was humble enough to think that his work might be turned down. The word disciple simply means “learner.” A disciple is someone who is a student, a learner of Jesus. We can give them the impression that coming to Jesus is only to believe some facts instead of to yield a life. It is the earliest of all preservatives. “Back of an excuse is a lack of desire.” (Morgan) There is no rational reason why someone would not want to be part of this feast; they just didn’t want to. i. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. The man spoke of the goodness and blessedness of the great banquet with the Messiah that was spoken of many times in the Old Testament, and is known in the New Testament as the marriage supper of the Lamb: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! To hope to change them or even to appeal to them, might be the forlornest of forlorn hopes, but he would never let a chance go. 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 … When the Romans crucified a criminal, they didn’t just hang them on a cross. To really walk in his footsteps every day... Who is a disciple? a. Humbling, a Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 If we read this parable as a comfort to us because we are so much superior in our righteousness than the Pharisee, then we have missed the point. 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. 13:33. d. And does not hate: Repeatedly in the Bible we see that Jesus founded a way of love, not hate. Luke 13 Luke 15 Chapter 14. We may give to God and to man much in the same way as we pay our income tax--as the satisfaction of a grim duty which we cannot escape. Questions for Reflection and Discussion – Luke 14 7-14 Date: March 1, 2019 Author: HAT 0 Comments We are studying Luke 14:7-14 for Sunday, March 3 – a text that presents a pair of Jesus’ short discourses about social propriety, which may have implications for our understanding of … 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.' More than this, there is also a shift of topic. Humility not being a strength of mine then, I typically went straight to the host expecting I was to sit next to that person. Each of these are usually more costly than one thinks before beginning. The man was afflicted with dropsy, which is an “abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the tissues of the body” (Liefeld), “A disease that swells up the body due to fluids forming in the cavities and tissue.” (Barclay) The word for dropsy here comes from the Greek words for “water” and “face” or “countenance” because the disease often made a person look bloated in their face. 14:12-14 Jesus said to the man who had invited him, "Whenever you give a dinner or a banquet, do not call your friends, or your brothers, or your kinsfolk or your rich neighbours, in case they invite you back again in return and you receive a repayment. He then told the guests a parable because He had noticed how they picked the places of honor. i. When a man gives like that he stands on his little eminence and looks down. The Gospel begins with Jesus once again at table. Once someone was talking to a great scholar about a younger man. One of these was the picture of the Messianic banquet. Or, is it not?" 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. He then spoke an appropriate word to these great multitudes (He turned and said to them). d. And come after Me: Jesus made it clear that the one who bore his own cross would follow the life and pattern of Jesus. iii. Many a man has decided to burn his clubs after a day at golf s Open Championship. He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where he was tested by the devil. We must always remember that Jesus thought of the kingdom in terms of a feast. 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. If this were the case, and it is likely, how deep must have been the perfidy and malice of the Pharisee!” (Clarke). 'This man began to build and was unable to finish the job.' You will receive your repayment at the resurrection of the righteous.". It is so with the Christian way. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. b. The individual Christian must be the conscience of his fellows; and the church the conscience of the nation. And Jesus, answering: “The arresting word is the word ‘answering.’ These men had said nothing, yet He answered them.” (Morgan) Jesus answered them with both a question and an action. A reflection by Rev. i. “When the Roman general, Varus, had broken the revolt of Judas in Galilee [4 BC], he crucified two thousand Jews, and placed the crosses by the wayside along the roads to Galilee.” (Barclay). Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 The guy is not as nasty as you may think. Friday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Luke 14:1-6 Today Jesus is dining at the home of a leading Pharisee. Jesus said to him, "There was a man who made a great banquet, and who invited many people to it. It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. Luke 14:1-6 Healing on the Sabbath Luke 14:7-11 Seeking place of honor Luke 14:12-14 The invitation list Luke 14:15-24 The great banquet Luke 14:25-33 Cost of discipleship Luke 14:34-35 The discarded salt Luke 15:1-10 Parable of lost & found 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. • Luke 11:14-16: The diverse reactions before the expulsion of a devil. Go and sit down in the lowest place: When we are at the lower place, we aren’t there just to be noticed so we can go up higher. 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. This was a remarkable miracle. c. His cross: Jesus chose this phrasing instead of saying, “The cross” or “A cross.” The idea is that there is a cross suited to each individual, and one person’s experience of the cross may not look just like another person’s experience of the cross. Here again Jesus shows how important it is to live with an eternal perspective. Consciously or unconsciously he may regard his giving as an investment. I cannot come: “In saying, ‘I cannot come,’ the man intended, as it were, to dismiss the matter. A Christian is only useful when he or she has the nature of Christ. What Jesus is saying is this--when a thing loses its essential quality and fails to perform its essential duty, it is fit for nothing but to be thrown away. … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 14:25-33" Here is a searching passage, because it demands that we should examine the motives behind all our generosity. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Dr. Sally Douglas at Richmond Unting Church, Sunday 1 September 2019. They kept silent. He let the claims of novelty usurp the claims of Christ. Sabbath was to be a day of rest, a day of “returning” to God. “You aren’t brutal and cruel men. Mark adds one more--the healing of the demon-possessed man in the synagogue at Capernaum (Mark 1:21). iii. Reflection: Luke 14:15-24 Tuesday of the 31st Week of Ordinary Time: Luke 14:15-24 . It was used as a defence of the inquisition, the thumb-screw, the rack, the threat of death and imprisonment, the campaigns against the heretics, all those things which are the shame of Christianity. He is the ultimate example of someone who deserved the highest place, but took the lowest place, and was granted the highest place (Philippians 2:5-11). These excuse makers condemned themselves; their excuses were only a thin veil hiding the fact that they did not want to come. Answer: The Parable of the Great Banquet is found in Luke 14:15-24. We live in a market driven society, so it is not surprising that we feel the urge to “sell” Christianity in the marketplace of competing ideas and ways of life. Parables are not fables; Jesus didn’t tell fanciful stories with morals. However much we have achieved, we still have achieved very little in the end. In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, Paul explained that we are letters from Jesus, that all men read; and that the letters are not written with ink, but with the Holy Spirit, and not on paper, but on our own hearts. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”. The Challenge of Familiarity. 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." If those originally invited made excuses, the master commanded his servants to use all persuasion (compel them to come) to fill the feast. For he who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.". Look at verse 1, Luke 4:1 Luke 4:12-25. When a person is always carping and criticizing and complaining, his irritable anger ceases to have any significance or any effect. i. “It was taken as a command to coerce people into the Christian faith. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind. Throughout all their history they had looked forward to the day when God would break in; and when he did, they tragically refused his invitation. There is something wonderful in giving a gift that can never be repaid. b. It costs something to be the disciple of Jesus; it costs more to reject Him. “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. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Short, Simple and Personal reflections on the daily Holy Mass Gospel. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”. The expulsion produced two different reactions. For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south, but God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. Now we read in Luke 4:14. Isidore Clarke. Whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. B. Bruce said that you could not conceive of the child Jesus playing games when he was a boy, or smiling when he was a man. It is one of the tragedies of life when good things crowd out the claims of God. It was a one-way journey. 1. Additionally, since the man’s affliction (dropsy) affected the man’s appearance, it should be understood that the man’s appearance immediately was transformed, indicating health. Dr. Sally Douglas at Richmond Unting Church, Sunday 15 September 2019. 3) Reflection • Today’s Gospel is that of Luke. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on October 23, 2016. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. And we even learn how to do our grasping with a spiritual veneer. Right now I am tired of our house. Then there are some folks who can't issue decrees. They first hung a cross on him. Jesus told his fellow diners a parable. Humility has always been one of the characteristics of great men. (i) It shows us the serenity with which Jesus met life. But they kept silent: Notably, Jesus’ accusers had no answer for this question. ", Ruskin, who was brought up in a rigid and a narrow home, tells how he was given a jumping-jack as a present and a pious aunt took it away from him, saying that toys were no things for a Christian child. Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. We may choose the low place, and act meek and humble, so that others may notice how humble we are. Counting the cost of the tower. Jesus told him to not only ask those who could repay something to the host. Jesus had just healed a man with dropsy and taught a brief lesson on serving others. If Jesus was not and is not God, this would be idolatry and probably madness. They wanted to see what he thought of himself; how important he thought he may be. The law had its meticulous regulations about Sabbath meals. i. Yet there are constant occasions in modern life where one can display their own sense of self importance, pride, and high opinion of one’s self. b. As Bengel, the great commentator, put it, "both nature and grace abhor a vacuum," and when the Jews refused God's invitation and left his table empty, the invitation went out to the gentiles. They become irritable; and while there may be greater sins than irritability there is none that causes more pain and heartbreak. In this chapter we have, I. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. He may even with the gift throw in a short and smug lecture. It was used to make it easier for all good things to grow. You can also change some of your preferences. i. (1) Jesus eats in a Pharisee’s home. The symbol of the kingdom was the happiest thing that human life could know. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. 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. 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. Date: July 27, 2018 Author: HAT 0 Comments. That is the only real way to give. He must be like a cleansing antiseptic in the circle in which he moves. Luke 2:1-7 is an account of the birth of Jesus. i. Jesus perhaps alluded to the idea that the work of His kingdom was like building and battle. A certain man gave a great supper and invited many: Jesus told a parable about a man who gave a great feast, a large banquet, inviting many people to come. The seating arrangement at the table indicated one’s standing in the community. So the servant came and told his master these things. On this occasion a Pharisee invited him to a meal on the Sabbath. The Christian is the man who, by his courage, his hope, his cheerfulness and his kindness brings a new flavour into life. Photo by Rick Morley. “Probably the insidious Pharisee had brought this dropsical man to the place, not doubting that our Lord’s eye would affect his heart, and that he would instantly cure him; and then he could most plausibly accuse him for a breach of the Sabbath. c. Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple: We have a difficult challenge in understanding and communicating the gospel here; there are two extremes to avoid. Those gathered in from the roads and the hedges stand for the gentiles for whom there was still ample room at the feast of God. We are the only kind of Bible many will ever read. 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. The uplifting Good News Reflections by Terry Modica make the scriptures from daily Catholic Mass meaningful for your everyday life. Now great multitudes went with Him: As Jesus continued toward Jerusalem, many went with Him. (i) The first man said that he had bought a field and was going to see it. That means that true Christianity must act as a preservative against the corruption of the world. We all know people in whose company there are certain things we would not and could not do; and equally we all know people in whose company we might well stoop to things which by ourselves we would not do. Let’s talk about sin. All found some pretence to put off their attendance. The excuses begin to explain why such a wonderful invitation was rejected. Good News Reflections are available by website, email, and text. We already meditated on the parallel text in Mark (Mk 3:22-27) during January. The children rose at 4 a.m. and spent the first hour of the day in prayer and meditation, and on Friday they fasted until three in the afternoon. Jesus once again was on the road with his disciples and great crowds were following him. When He noted how they chose the best places: At the home of the Pharisee, Jesus noticed how people strategically placed themselves so as to be in the best places; that is, the places of most honor. Facebook likes and the call to shuffle down: A Reflection on Luke 14.7-14. a. Sunday reflection: Luke 14:1, 7–14. 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. August 28, 2013. by rick. Reflections on the Sunday Lectionary Readings David Owen and Mark Smith reflect on the lectionary of Sunday scripture readings. 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