Jesus’ Life: Chapter 13 – Jesus’ Final Ministry In Jerusalem
Have you organised any celebrations or parties recently? Perhaps it was a family gathering!
Last month, I quietly listened to a group of young teenage girls while they organised a friend’s 18th Birthday Party. Their attempt was somewhat hilarious and, without the help of a few kind adults, their parents, the celebration probably wouldn’t ever have got off the ground. Interestingly, as they compiled their guest list, they repeatedly asked each other, do we want to invite him/her and will he/she come?
Two hours later, tasks had been generally agreed and the party costs cleverly diverted to their parents! However, a critical question remained unanswered, how many guests would they need to cater for?
Parable of the Great Banquet by Jesus
Jesus told a parable about a man who gave a great banquet and invited many guests. When the day arrived, he sent his slaves to remind the guests that the banquet was prepared but, one-by-one they made their excuses; I have a new business to tend to, I have just got married…
The man was furious and sent his slaves out into the streets, city alleys and country roads to bring the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. He said, “I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!”
Often, to the great surprise of those who make very generous offers, people say, “No!” (Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:15-24)
Unlike the girls, Jesus invited everyone to His eternal party but like the girls, not all will accept.
How about you? Are you too busy to accept Jesus’ invite to eternal life and live by his teachings today?
Lord Jesus, you have sent many invites to me and patiently waited on my acceptance. Forgive my failings when I hesitate and digress. Help me to tell others of your great rewards.
Prayer: Faith (St Benedict)
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.