Prayer: Through your Word, O Lord, let us hear your voice and do your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Carry the gospel news
23 Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.
Our devotion writer writes; “…the gospel of Jesus Christ is inclusive and presses on throughout the world, advancing quickly like a fast-moving spring shower. God’s love never fails, but is also not to be taken for granted—God want everyone to be include in the reign of grace.”
Immediately after Jesus, the gospel grew exponentially through the Roman Empire. Today it has been storming through the Southern Hemisphere. We could use a little of that around here too, in fact, some have said that the United States is the next big missionary field. But what is God’s wisdom in this matter…we can see His handiwork.
15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
Our devotion writer declares; “How blessed we are to hear the good news of God’s forgiveness proclaimed each week. What a privilege for us to be guests of our Lord at the Eucharistic banquet when it is celebrated in our parishes. What a joy to carry this gospel news ‘out into the roads and lanes’ and to invite people to come and see what the Lord has done.”
Who can we invite to this table?
Prayer: “O God, thank you for inviting me to be your guest at the Lord’s Supper. Give me grace to invite others to abide in your love, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Parable of the Great Dinner
15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ 20 Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ 23 Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”