b. … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 14:25-33" The excuses are different, but really all the same – they all with one accord began to make excuses. a. (ii) We can retain it by comparison with the perfect. One of these was the picture of the Messianic banquet. We may request cookies to be set on your device. He means that no love in life can compare with the love we must bear to him. a. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. About Vineyards were often equipped with towers from which watch was kept against thieves who might steal the harvest. (Philippians 2:3). Living like him in every way... Jesus shows us the cost of being a disciple. He would never enter a room first. We can give them the impression that coming to Jesus is only to believe some facts instead of to yield a life. When he arrived, Jesus had noticed how many of the guests had vied for places of honor at the table. No wonder they could not understand Jesus! (iii) The most amazing thing about the scribes and Pharisees is their staggering lack of a sense of proportion. The Gospel begins with Jesus once again at table. Previously, Jesus said that coming to God was like accepting an invitation (Luke 14:16-24). Once Dr Johnson cynically described gratitude as "a lively sense of favours to come." More than this, there is also a shift of topic. The Christian must carry with him a breath of heaven in which the fine things flourish and the evil things shrivel up. The excuses begin to explain why such a wonderful invitation was rejected. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. Preoccupation with material things and experiences is a common excuse for not following Jesus. These excuse makers condemned themselves; their excuses were only a thin veil hiding the fact that they did not want to come. a. ii. Luke 4:14-22 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Rejected at Nazareth. (iii) Salt was used on the land. i. This was a remarkable miracle. Then said he also to him that bade him — In the time of dinner, Jesus directed his discourse to the person who had invited him, and showed him what sort of people he should bid to his feasts. Humiliation vs. Humility. b. This means that many accepted the invitation when it was first given; yet when the actual time of the banquet came, they were of a different mind. c. You shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just: This kind of living will cost us something; yet we will be repaid, with the full repayment coming at the resurrection of the just. Reflection on Luke 14 What is a disciple? Everyone knew this. B. Bruce said that you could not conceive of the child Jesus playing games when he was a boy, or smiling when he was a man. b. Now we read in Luke 4:14. d. And come after Me: Jesus made it clear that the one who bore his own cross would follow the life and pattern of Jesus. W. M. Macgregor, in his Warrack Lectures, speaks with the scorn of which he was such a master, about one of John Wesley's few mistakes. The word disciple simply means “learner.” A disciple is someone who is a student, a learner of Jesus. Vancouver BC Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday the 4th. Luke 14:15-24 The Word of God One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to Jesus, 'Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!' b. But they kept silent: Notably, Jesus’ accusers had no answer for this question. The originally invited guests stand for the Jews. There are many stories and legends of the humility of Principal Cairns. Stairwell in L’Eglise de Saint Sulpice, Paris, France. Questions for Reflection and Discussion – Luke 14 7-14 Date: March 1, 2019 Author: HAT 0 Comments We are studying Luke 14:7-14 for Sunday, March 3 – a text that presents a pair of Jesus’ short discourses about social propriety, which may have implications for our understanding of … Swinburne slandered Christ by saying, The world has grown gray from thy breath. 1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely. Reflection: Luke 14:1-6 30th Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 14:1-6 In today’s Gospel Jesus breaks many of the “rules” of Jewish decorum: he heals on the Sabbath! Reflection: Luke 14:25-33 23 rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 14:25-33. Additionally, since the man’s affliction (dropsy) affected the man’s appearance, it should be understood that the man’s appearance immediately was transformed, indicating health. 4 September 2016. d. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted: Jesus was the perfect One to teach on this subject, because He fulfilled it perfectly. If, on the other hand, a man deliberately slipped into the bottom place, and was then asked to occupy a more distinguished place, his humility gained him all the more honour. ii. The master of the house was enraged, and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the town and bring here the poor, and the maimed, and the blind and the lame.' Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. These men were probably devout Jews looking for the Messiah, given the way they respond to the angel's words. 13:33. He cannot be My disciple: Jesus clearly spoke about the kind of person who could not be His disciple. Luke 14:1-6 Healing on the Sabbath Luke 14:7-11 Seeking place of honor Luke 14:12-14 The invitation list Luke 14:15-24 The great banquet Luke 14:25-33 Cost of discipleship Luke 14:34-35 The discarded salt Luke 15:1-10 Parable of lost & found The most honored person sat in a particular seat, the next most honored person in another place, and so on down the line. Greetings from Fr. 19-31.This contains a parable of contrasts, which should make us feel very uncomfortable and move us to action.On the one hand we have the rich man, commonly known as 'Dives. Then you will be happy, because they cannot repay you. I facilitate/conduct Spiritual Recollections and talks in person or via Zoom. It is similar to the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), but with some significant differences. In Scotland, we may, for instance, think of that weird structure called "M'Caig's Folly" which stands behind Oban. Whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Jesus chose a homely illustration to point an eternal truth. When Jesus told a rich guy to invite “the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind” to the feasts he throws instead of inviting good friends and family Jesus was not just spouting off some ideal to make himself look compassionate and wise. It costs something to be the disciple of Jesus; it costs more to reject Him. The church must fearlessly speak against all evils and support all good causes. Who can truly walk throughout life with Jesus? We should do our work hard and unto the Lord, and let God raise us up. And--look you-- there was a man before him who had dropsy. Sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand: In the parable of the king Jesus said, “Sit down and see if you can afford to refuse My demands.”. The tower which the man was going to build was probably a vineyard tower. But there is nothing to substantiate this charge. He founded a school at Kingswood, near Bristol. (ii) Salt was used as a flavouring. But though this parable spoke with a threat to the Jews who had refused God's invitation, and with an undreamed of glory to the sinners and the outcasts and the gentiles who had never dreamed of receiving it, there are in it truths which are forever permanent and as new as today. When a man gives like that he stands on his little eminence and looks down. If those originally invited made excuses, the master commanded his servants to use all persuasion (compel them to come) to fill the feast. It is so with the Christian way. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Photo by Rick Morley. iii. Or, what king when he is going to engage battle with another king, does not first sit down and take counsel, whether he is able with ten thousand men to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? That means that true Christianity must act as a preservative against the corruption of the world. Here the homilies are being sorted through the liturgical year. b. There are two suggestive truths within this passage. At one point, Jesus turned to the crowds and addressed them. We don’t have the same exact customs illustrating social standing by the seating arrangements at a wedding. ii. What Jesus is saying is this--when a thing loses its essential quality and fails to perform its essential duty, it is fit for nothing but to be thrown away. (ii) It is to be noted that Jesus never refused any man's invitation of hospitality. Humbling, a Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 If we read this parable as a comfort to us because we are so much superior in our righteousness than the Pharisee, then we have missed the point. They become irritable; and while there may be greater sins than irritability there is none that causes more pain and heartbreak. Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day? This is following Jesus at its simplest. Friday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Luke 14:1-6 Today Jesus is dining at the home of a leading Pharisee. Reflection: Luke 14:15-24 Tuesday of the 31st Week of Ordinary Time: Luke 14:15-24 . Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. We all know people in whose company there are certain things we would not and could not do; and equally we all know people in whose company we might well stoop to things which by ourselves we would not do. People have been known to acquire a motor car and then to say, "We used to go to church on a Sunday, but now we go off to the country for the day." Especially in Christian service, there is something wonderful about knowing that God has raised you up, instead of you raising yourself up to prominence of some sort. This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:1, 7–14: On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. i. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. Jesus, with searing contempt, demands how, if it be right to help an animal on the Sabbath, it can be wrong to help a man. Before we leave this passage we must note that Luke 14:1-24 have all to do with feasts and banquets. Sunday of week 4 of Lent (Cycle C) Saturday of week 2 of Lent; Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10. i. If Jesus was not and is not God, this would be idolatry and probably madness. Please have me excused.' You shall be repaid reminds us that we will never be the loser when we give after the pattern of God’s generosity. 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