Reconsider Your Party List (15 May 2019)

Morning Encounter:


Then Jesus said to the man who had invited him:

When you give a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends and family and relatives and rich neighbours. If you do, they will invite you in return, and you will be paid back. When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. They cannot pay you back. But God will bless you and reward you when his people rise from death.

(Luke 14:12-14)


Jesus’ teaching was often deeply disconcerting and challenging. Did he really say our party invite list should include all the people with issues and none of those we’d actually like to spend the evening with? Really? As was often the case, Jesus wasn’t instituting a new law here, but making a point in a way that would strike home. He was reminding his hearers, including us, that everything we do is for him, and for eternal reward. And it is his good purpose that we are his hands and feet in this world. And let’s not forget too, that we, for all our brokenness and failures, are honoured guests at God’s feast.


Who do you need to include in on your next gathering that you might not have considered?

Midday Meditation:

'A life of hospitality begins in worship, with a recognition of God’s grace and generosity. Hospitality is not first a duty and responsibility; it is first a response of love and gratitude for God’s love and welcome to us.'

(Christine D. Pohl, Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition)

Evening Reflection:

'Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.'

1 John 3:18

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