Sunday, December 15, 2019

Parable of the Great Banquet – Luke 14:7-24

12 … In a parable, Jesus said to His host, “When you hold a great banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbours, so that they may invite you back and repay you.
13 Rather, when you hold a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame,  the blind;
14 Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 14:7-24

Catholic Readings for Today

Today’s Morning Prayer

Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections

Humility is the theme of today’s Bible Verse of the day. Jesus is teaching us of how rewarding, humility is, and will be, here on earth and also in heaven. He also teaches us of how shameful, unrewarding and embarrassing pride is, and will be, here on earth and on the last day.

It is pride and self-righteousness that makes a man to invite to his feast, only the people who can in return be of material benefit to him. But it is humility, love and meekness that makes a man invite to his feast, everyone including the poor, beggers, lepers, widows and other people with no material wealth to repay him.

When Jesus tells this parable, He is trying to tell us that we were created by God to be of service to those who need our help with the talents He has given us. This great banquet in used figuratively to mean offering freely to people what God has blessed you with in abundance. God may have blessed you with medical knowledge, engineering skills, legal skills etc.

In this scenario, the host of the banquet is giving free food and drinks. But his friends and rich neighbours don’t necessarily lack food in their homes but the poor and the needy lack. Therefore, Jesus is urging us to offer what we have in plenty to those people who really need it because the rewards will be in heaven.

Therefore, let us offer what we have in abundance, and without discrimination, to all who really deserve it for we will receive, in abundance, our reward in heaven. Lets mainly be of service to the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind etc, because Jesus said, “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for reminding us to serve the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind because it is from this service that we will be storing our treasures in heaven. Amen.

Bible Verse of the Day in Pictures

Parable of the Great Banquet - Luke 14:7-24 - Bible Verse of the Day
Parable of the Great Banquet – Luke 14:7-24 – Bible Verse of the Day