St. Luke 14: A dinner with the poor, the lame, the maimed, and the blind

St. Luke 14:12-24

Then said He also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. 

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto Him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things.

Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

The Lord, in the first passage, verses 12 to 14, is telling us who He would be well pleased if would invite to our celebrations:the poor, the lame, the maimed, and the blind. In other words, people with disabilities.

He also, in the parable that follows expresses a priority in regard to evangelism efforts. Those who were first invited put other interests ahead of the great supper.  Repeatedly, we see in the Gospel Narratives, in Acts, and in the Letters of the New Testament that the people of Israel were to be first to receive the good news of Jesus and salvation in His Name, but this nation as a whole rejected the message. And so other “guests” were to be invited.

And who was to be invited first in this second round of invitations? The poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

When Jesus repeats Himself, it is for emphasis.

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