Cycle C

Good News C40

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Luke 14:1,7-14 New American Bible

Luke 14:1,7-14 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

Move to a Higher Place of Honor

 

Today you received an invitation to a wedding.  

          “Where should I sit?” you ask yourself when you get to the reception…the banquet dinner after the wedding. 

You see the prettiest table set with the lovely flowers closest to the dance floor and the wedding cake. Aha! That would be a great place to sit.  The sign there says, “Head Table - People of Most Importance Sit Here.”

Then there’s a table nearer the place where they have all the food for you to pick up buffet style.  Its sign says, “Middle Table - People of Middle Importance Sit Here.”

And there’s a table out on the porch outside the building under an umbrella. Its sign says, “Lowest of the Lowly Sit Here - People of Lowest Importance Sit Here.”

Goldilocks didn’t know where she belonged.  She ate food that she wasn’t supposed to eat.  She sat in chairs where she wasn’t supposed to sit.  She slept in beds she was not supposed to sleep in.  Perhaps if she had waited and been polite, the three bears would have asked her to move up to a higher place of honor and share their meals, offer her a chair of her own, and give her a bed to sleep in.   

Suppose you have tickets to a play, the opera, a football game, or a race.  However, these tickets don’t put you as close as you want to be.  Therefore, you seat yourself in the front row.  When the usher comes and asks to see your ticket and takes you to the seats in the last row, you may be embarrassed. 

Go to the seat you are supposed to go to.  If you don’t know, then ask the host or hostess where they would like for you to sit.  If you don’t know where God wants you to go, ask him and then listen for his answer.  He will lead you to your own personal seat of distinction.

When you judge others as being less worthy of heaven than you are, you may be surprised when God calls them into his final banquet on resurrection day.   You must keep focused on loving God with your whole body, mind, and soul and love others as God has loved you. Loving means forgiving as God has forgiven you.         

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to show you which way to go.  He will lead you to the right banquets and the right seats.  He will always lift you up if you ask him.  He will sit in his great rocking chair in the sky.  He loves you and wants you to sit on his lap when your resurrection day comes and rock with him for a while.   But don’t jump right in the rocking chair before God invites you.  Don’t take your entry into heaven for granted.  Remember to love God and others.  Give to others without expecting anything in return.  Then God will be sure to say, “My child, come and sit with me for all eternity.”

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                                           

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards