28th August 2016
Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year
Jesus is often depicted sharing a meal with others. This time he is dining with the religious leaders and takes the opportunity to teach some important qualities of discipleship and holiness which can only be understood when we free ourselves from pride and learn to become more humble in our attitude. In this Gospel reading we learn that it is through God’s generosity that we are able to participate in his banquet.
God’s invitation comes to us regardless of our station in life or any merit of our own. It is a purely gratuitous invitation. Such is the goodness of God. In the light of such generosity scrambling for a place of honour is ludicrous.
The Gospel reading goes on to explain that the poor, the sick and the downtrodden are at the top of God’s invitation list and it must also be so on our list.
The gift of salvation is free and our appreciation will be measured by our freedom to be generous towards others.