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.’ 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.’
Dinner time can be hectic…and it is not always easy to come up with food that the whole family will want to eat, or to find the time to cook it, when we have so many other things to deal with, like work and cleaning and bills, etc…not to mention the activities are kids can get involved in as they get older. Sometimes our budgets simply do not allow us the opportunity to come up with an exciting meal…sometimes it is all we can do to put food on our dinner table.
Whether it is a prime rib and lobster feast, Mac & cheese , or fast food…dinner time is important; having a meal together as a family is an important opportunity for bonding and sharing our thoughts and stories of the day. Dinner can strengthen both body and spirit, enabling us meet the tasks that are in front of us, and to face the challenges of the day to come.
Dinner, no matter how meager or how grand, is more than just an opportunity to eat, but a time to come together, and this is the invitation that Christ is extending to us in today’s reading: to come to the table, and join in the celebration of God‘s love for us, to share our faith and love together! Where this love is shared, the grace of God abounds, and fills our lives with hope!
Whenever we gather for our meals, we feast upon that hope the nourishes us in faith and the love we share together as friends and family, and we too can get a taste of what it is like to sit at the table of Christ!
Let us Pray:
God, thank you for nourishing us with your love and presence! Please help us to remember to feed ourselves, our children, and all those around us with your unending grace, as we share the good new of your love for the world, together! Help us, through our love and faith, to make your kingdom a reality in our world…even if just for a few moments out of our busy day!