Gospel of Luke 14:15-24 Reflection:
Again in today's Gospel, Jesus speaks to us directly about the life we lead. He tells a parable about a man who gives a great feast. However, the people he has invited to the feast do not want to attend; they all make excuses about land, business, family commitments etc.
Then the landowner gives orders to his servants to go out and bring in the foreigners and poor people to the feast. The food must not be wasted.
The Jews knew exactly what Jesus was talking about. They were the chosen people of God and Jesus was saying that they did not want to come to the feast, the Kingdom of Heaven. So the gentiles were to be offered the Kingdom instead.
How many of us make excuses about the Kingdom, putting career, family, business and hobbies before the work of the Lord. And the work of the Lord might only be spending more time with our family and friends. Perhaps listening to a friend in trouble might be the most important thing we could do today.
What a pity to waste a feast for the snippets that fall from the table!