Friday, August 26, 2016
Maybe just a whole lot of extra work.
Jesus has this instruction for those who welcome him to their table:
When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Jesus makes it clear that these people are not in a position to repay the invitation. These people will not be able to offer favors or connections that the host can cash in on later. These people will not add to the glamour of the gathering. No one will be impressed that these people came to dinner. In fact, anyone who is anyone will be repulsed that you ate with these people.
But what’s even worse, is that it takes a lot of extra effort to invite these people.
For of course, you can't just put out a sign for the blind. So instead, you will have to go out and find them to tell them.
You can't just say "Come!" to the poor. They may not have any transportation to get there.
You can't just say “You are welcome” to the lame…especially if it means climbing stairs to get to the table.
You can't just wait for the crippled to come to you. You may have to bring the feast to them, wherever they are at.
And because these people aren’t used to being invited, it may take some extra convincing to top it off.
Oh, these people are going to be a lot of work.
And for all your effort, there may be very little benefit in it for you.
But this is what Jesus calls us to do.
And each and every time we stand around the table and say, “Come Lord Jesus,” let us remember that.