Philippians 2:5-11 and
Gospel of Luke 14:15-24 Reflection:
The two readings today show opposite sides of the coin. In the first reading Paul gives his ‘Christology,’ his understanding of who Jesus is. Paul begins by saying that Jesus’ state was divine but in humility he chose to become man and let alone that he chose to accept death, even death on the cross.
All of this was to carry out the Father’s will.
In the gospel Luke tells us of the man who has prepared a great feast and when the time came for the feast all the people he had invited began to make excuses about why they could not come.
They had a different attitude to God’s kingdom: they thought that the work of God would interfere with their plans and ambitions. They had all sorts of what we would call reasonable excuses. We know the story and we know that Jesus is making an allusion to heaven and the people of Israel who were the first to be invited in and who did not want the kingdom preferring the world.
And yet the reading still makes us feel that wee bit uncomfortable. There is something in it that hits home and makes us feel uneasy. Perhaps it is the feeling that we all share that somehow we are not really doing enough. Or perhaps it is the knowledge that we want God’s kingdom and his life on our terms and not his.
Such feelings, which we all have and which we all know fall short of what is expected of the Christian, are in us all.