He went on to tell a story to the guests around the table. Noticing how each had tried to elbow into the place of honor, he said, “When someone invites you to dinner, don’t take the place of honor. Somebody more important than you might have been invited by the host. Then he’ll come and call out in front of everybody, ‘You’re in the wrong place. The place of honor belongs to this man.’ Red-faced, you’ll have to make your way to the very last table, the only place left. Luke 14:7-9 (MSG)
I consider stories, books, and films that seem timeless. There is a reason Shakespeare’s works are still staged for packed crowds around the world. There is something in them that resounds with our own core human experience and longing. Jesus was a great teacher because he spoke in stories, parables and spiritual lessons rooted in universal human experiences. He pointed us to eternal significance in everday occurrences.
Life lessons are all around us. They lurk in our daily conversations, in our every day relationships, and in the most mundane moments of our daily journey. God’s Spirit whispers to our spirit in a crowded shopping mall, in the quiet car ride home, and in the midst of our daily work.
For me, the crucial question is the one Jesus asked at the end of the chapter: “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”
- Daily Lectionary Readings for October 30, 2010 – Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (willhumes.net)
- A “Heavenly” Market Research Experiment – Luke 17:11-19 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- My Head and My Heart Ache (logicandimagination.wordpress.com)
- Wonder (taylenol.tumblr.com)