“Do we actually believe it?” — Gospel and Sermon for Sunday August 28, 2022
The Gospel is taken from Luke 14:1, 7–14:
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.
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’
He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, 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. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’
The Sermon follows:
The idea of Money vs. actual money — which one has an actual impact on people and causes things to change? Real money, right?
The idea of a Vehicle vs. actual keys to a car — which has an actual impact on people and causes things to change? Real keys to a real car, right?
The idea of the Kingdom of God vs. Jesus saying “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” which has an actual impact on people and causes things to change?
It’s one thing to say we believe something when it is in the abstract. It’s quite another when we take that abstract idea and put it into action. That’s when there is an impact. That’s where transformation happens. That’s where God encounters us and makes the Kingdom of God present and real in our midst. We can then see and experience what the unfolding of the Kingdom of God…