Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. A reflection by Rev. d. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted: Jesus was the perfect One to teach on this subject, because He fulfilled it perfectly. The story in Luke’s Gospel was told at a dinner that Jesus attended. June 4, 2016 ~ willowblythe. Once Dr Johnson cynically described gratitude as "a lively sense of favours to come." Reflection on Luke 14:25-33 Am I a “hearer” or am I a “follower?” Do I simply listen to Christ's words, or do I allow them to enter my very being, and allow them to send me into action. i. No doubt that very law was in this man's mind. Sabbath was to be a day of rest, a day of “returning” to God. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy: Because this was in the home of one of the rulers of the Pharisees (Luke 14:1) this man was an invited guest. Jesus turned and asked the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of Moses, "Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?" 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. We must not take his words with cold and unimaginative literalness. They are fashioned for convenience and are clung to in desperation. 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. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. This is an especially relevant question when one considers the sort of people who will also be at the feast: redeemed sinners and the maimed and the lame and blind. They would go to endless trouble to formulate and to obey their petty rules and regulations; and yet they counted it a sin to ease a sufferer's pain on the Sabbath day. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. We may choose the low place, and act meek and humble, so that others may notice how humble we are. Look at verse 1, Luke 4:1 As Jesus spoke these words, everybody knew what He meant. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Sunday of week 24 of Ordinary Time (Cycle C) There is no lovelier thing than a home and yet a home was never meant to be used selfishly. Dr. Sally Douglas at Richmond Unting Church, Sunday 15 September 2019. 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. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. All of a sudden a man with swollen legs stood up in front of him. 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 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. Or, what king when he is going to engage battle with another king, does not first sit down and take counsel, whether he is able with ten thousand men to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? If the salt has lost its flavor: Salt that loses its “saltiness” is of no use. He stood aside and let the man after him come first and began himself to applaud. Click on the different category headings to find out more. b. The Greeks used to say that salt could put a new soul into dead things. i. (ii) It is to be noted that Jesus never refused any man's invitation of hospitality. 1-10. b. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. i. 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!”. When we buy something new, we are almost always preoccupied by it. Contributed by Richard Tow on Jul 6, 2020. The Christian is the man who, by his courage, his hope, his cheerfulness and his kindness brings a new flavour into life. Sunday reflection: Luke 14:1, 7–14. Is this important? Luke 14 . Thursday, November 2, 2017. … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 14:25-33" Before we leave this passage we must note that Luke 14:1-24 have all to do with feasts and banquets. With this question, Jesus reminded them that there was no command against healing on the Sabbath. A professed believer who through corruption or assimilation loses distinctiveness, flavor, or preservative value is of no use as a follower of Jesus. “You aren’t brutal and cruel men. Food, without salt, can be revoltingly insipid. Here again Jesus shows how important it is to live with an eternal perspective. Sit down first and count the cost: In the parable of the tower Jesus said, “Sit down and see if you can afford to follow Me.”, b. Other relationships are definitely of lower priority than faithfulness and obedience to Jesus. 1. ii. 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. What, then, are its essential qualities? In Palestine it had three characteristic uses. Luke does not say and so we can’t be sure, but there is some reason to believe that the Pharisees planted this man with dropsy there in front of Jesus to see whether He would violate their rules against healing on the Sabbath. The greatest threat to the best often comes from second best. Tragically, Augustine and others used the phrase compel them to come in as a justification to coerce people into Christianity, sometimes using persecution and torture. The Uniform Series text for Sunday, July 29 is Luke 14:15-24, “the parable of the great banquet”; here are some questions we might or might not want to consider in class: When the story begins, all we know is that “someone” is giving a big dinner. 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? Now great multitudes went with Him: As Jesus continued toward Jerusalem, many went with Him. But after that comes an event which belongs to a later period of our Lord’s ministry. When thou makest a dinner, &c., call not thy friends — That is, I do not bid thee call thy friends, or thy rich neighbours. 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. Such giving, so far from being generosity, is rationalized selfishness. Without hesitation Jesus healed the man. When the Romans crucified a criminal, they didn’t just hang them on a cross. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. RCL Proper 23C. ii. 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 (. He never dreamed that the applause could possibly be for him; he thought it must be for the other man. Jesus had just healed a man with dropsy and taught a brief lesson on serving others. No wonder they could not understand Jesus! Luke 14.1, 7-14 Luke 14.1, 7-14 (NRSV) Humility and Hospitality. 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). He then spoke an appropriate word to these great multitudes (He turned and said to them). Thursday of week 31 of Ordinary Time; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. “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. The master of the house was enraged, and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the town and bring here the poor, and the maimed, and the blind and the lame.' a. c. And then you begin with shame to take the lowest place: Jesus reminded them of the shame that often comes with self-exaltation. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. He allowed the claims of business to usurp the claims of God. iii. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Christmas familiarity — fragrance, family, and feasts. In this chapter we have, I. So, therefore, everyone of you who does not bid farewell to all his possessions cannot be my disciple.". In the most vivid way possible he told them that the man who followed him was not on the way to worldly power and glory, but must be ready for a loyalty which would sacrifice the dearest things in life and for a suffering which would be like the agony of a man upon a cross. Luke says, “they were watching Him closely.” Share on Facebook. 31st Tuesday of Ordinary Time – Gospel Luke 14:15-24 Go out quickly into highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be … 4 September 2016. 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. Julian spoke of those pale-faced, flat-breasted Christians for whom the sun shone and they never saw it. He carried a cross, so His followers carry one. Consciously or unconsciously he may regard his giving as an investment. Then there are some folks who can't issue decrees. Luke 2:1-7 is an account of the birth of Jesus. He means that no love in life can compare with the love we must bear to him. We don’t have the same exact customs illustrating social standing by the seating arrangements at a wedding. Eastern language is always as vivid as the human mind can make it. i. Jesus here told us to not associate with people only on the basis of what they could do for us. A man and woman must count the cost. c. But they all with one accord began to make excuses: Central to this parable are the excuses that were offered. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and this hour millions of men would die for him.”. “Friend, go up higher.”Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you: Instead, we joyfully embrace the lower place; we aren’t filled with such a high opinion of ourselves that we think we don’t belong there. 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. Upon force. Swinburne slandered Christ by saying, The world has grown gray from thy breath. i. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. 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!' But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Tuesday, 27 August 2013 . Only if we put first things first will all things take their proper place--and love comes first. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘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.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. The Gospel begins with Jesus once again at table. Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? Even in his greatness he was humble enough to think that his work might be turned down. Here is a searching passage, because it demands that we should examine the motives behind all our generosity. Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 The guy is not as nasty as you may think. They were watching his every move. It is most significant that Jesus thought of his kingdom and his service in terms of a feast. For I tell you that none of these men who were invited shall taste of my banquet.'". We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. It is so with the Christian way. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. “It was taken as a command to coerce people into the Christian faith. One of those at table with Jesus said to him, "Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God." Sunday reflection: Luke 14:25–33. Jesus once again was on the road with his disciples and great crowds were following him. People respond to a challenging gospel if the truth is spoken in love. It may be, however, put into clothes, amidst fruits, pigeons' feathers and flax tow." To really walk in his footsteps every day... Who is a disciple? We come to God and find that He has been ready for us. Who can truly walk throughout life with Jesus? These excuse makers condemned themselves; their excuses were only a thin veil hiding the fact that they did not want to come. Luke 14 – Feasts and Invitations A. Healing on the Sabbath. It is one of the supreme handicaps of the church that in it there are so many distant followers of Jesus and so few real disciples. 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. I facilitate/conduct Spiritual Recollections and talks in person or via Zoom. “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.”. 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. b. “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? 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. 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. Many a preacher has been humbled almost to despair when he has heard a real saint of God speak. 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 turned and said to them, "If any man comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Only a fool buys ten oxen and is only interested in testing them after the purchase. ii. But there is nothing to substantiate this charge. 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 (ii) It is a Christian's first duty to count the cost of following Christ. I facilitate/conduct Spiritual Recollections and talks in person or via Zoom. When Jesus tells us to hate our nearest and dearest, he does not mean that literally. They wanted to see what he thought of himself; how important he thought he may be. It is fit neither for the land nor the dunghill. He then told the guests a parable because He had noticed how they picked the places of honor. Being a disciple. When Jesus healed the man, His accusers believed that He worked on the Sabbath, and violated God’s command, but that wasn’t true. ii. Good News Reflections are available by website, email, and text. "Go out," said the master, "and compel them to come in." Jesus told his fellow diners a parable. A reflection by Rev. In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’”. The only things they control are somebody else's sheep. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: a. Lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid: It is wrong to only associate with people who can advance us or give something to us. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. The law had its meticulous regulations about Sabbath meals. (iii) The third man said, with even more finality than the others, "I have married a wife, and I cannot come." In the crowd close to Jesus was a man who suffered from dropsy. That is the function of the Christian; if he fails in his function there is no good reason why he should exist at all; and we have already seen that in the economy of God uselessness invites disaster. … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]" I am talking about that Pharisee who stands and declares how great he is in his prayer. c. Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled: The master of the feast was determined that some would enjoy what he had prepared. Therefore, we sometimes may understate the demands of Jesus when we present the gospel. However much we have achieved, we still have achieved very little in the end. 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. This is a subtle form of spiritual pride that is very dangerous. Alexander [the Great], Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. b. i. Yet those who choose to reject and resist God should count that cost as well. So, I imagine, I pine, I concoct plans to remedy my reality. There are fine souls in whose company it is easier to be brave and cheerful and good. Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. i. The Gospel for today can be a difficult one to understand. It was a one-way journey. Reflection for November 4, Wednesday Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop (M): Luke 14:25-33 Gospel: Luke 14:25-33. It is one of the tragedies of life when good things crowd out the claims of God.
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