“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” ― Marcus Aurelius: (was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 - Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors.)
Gospel Text: (LK 14:12-14)
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Gospel today has Jesus instructing that we should invite everyone to the table. Not just the wealthy or “perfect,” but the poor and outcast, the undesirables. Like us opening the door for people on All Hallows Eve, it doesn’t make a difference who they are, what they’ve done, what they’re wearing, or where they come from. It just doesn’t matter… we welcome them anyway, giving what we can, expecting nothing in return.
To me, this Gospel is all about welcoming the sinner. I’m a sinner, and wow do I long to be invited. With tomorrow being All Saints Day, I’m being hit in the head with the question, “Weren’t the Saints actually sinners first?”
Who do we welcome to the table? Who welcomes us?
“He said to the man who had invited him, “Invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.”
Shouldn’t we do the same?