Faith and Family for September 1: Guests and Hosts

Posted by Susan Hines-Brigger on Aug 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM

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LK 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.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor. 

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UNDERSTAND

by Father Greg Friedman, OFM

If you enjoy a good meal then you’re right at home in the Gospel of Luke—and more importantly in the company of Jesus himself.

A theme of Luke’s Gospel is “table fellowship.” That’s theological talk for the simple act of eating and drinking with people as Jesus does in today’s Gospel account. But Luke’s concern with dining has to do with who is present at the meals—not the menu or the table settings! I suspect that in Luke’s Christian community, there were issues about who could participate in the Eucharist. Were distinctions being made among rich and poor? Between famous and nobodies? Luke recalls a story of a time when Jesus was a table guest of a leading Pharisee. The Lord challenges his listeners—and his host—to allow others to take the seats of honor. They must welcome the poor, those who are disabled, those who cannot repay the invitation.

St. Luke used this story to challenge the table fellowship of his own Christian communities at their Eucharistic gatherings. Let’s examine ourselves as we gather for Sunday Mass. How do we treat one another? How welcoming are we to those who are different in status or wealth? Our positive response means we’re truly at home in the company of the Lord.

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DISCUSS

by Father Dan Kroger, OFM

  • Why does Sirach tell us to “conduct your affairs in humility?”

    What is humility anyway? Can you give an example?

  • This reading from Hebrews is hard to understand. It is trying to help readers realize that prayer to the Lord is not impossible. It is enough to pray with faith in Jesus. Do you have faith?

    The reference to the “heavenly Jerusalem” really means the church community. Do you find it possible to simply trust in the church’s prayer and worship?

  • In the Gospel, Jesus tells a parable while he was attending a banquet in the house of one of the leading Pharisees. Why did he tell this parable? What were the guests trying to do?

    Jesus tells the guests to take the lowest place. Why does he do that?

    What is the lesson or moral of the parable?


ACT

by Susan Hines-Brigger 

  • In the Gospel, Jesus tells a parable, which is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. There are quite a few of them in the Bible. Write your own parable to try and teach a lesson.
  • Find a time for you and your family to go serve a meal at a local shelter.
  • A lot of times, family schedules can get so busy that having everyone sit down for dinner together is a challenge. Schedule a night for a family dinner and stick to it.

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