Sunday, July 21, 2013

Throwing different kinds of parties. . .

Luke 14:12-14

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

1.  Who do we normally invite to our parties?  Why so? 

2.  What happens when we do?  Any surprises?  

3.  What might happen if we threw different kinds of parties with different "guest lists"?  What would that be like?  What would be uncomfortable?  Why?  What would be positive?  Why?

4.  Where does "repayment" take place in the work of compassion and justice?


Sweeneys on the Creek said...

Just finished teaching on this scripture, using Christine Pohl's "Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition." Great book that asks many of the same questions you ask here. One enlightening chapter traces the origin of hospitality (as we read here in the bible) and how we end up today with 'hospitality' meaning dinner parties or the lodging industry. We must find ways to get back to the original and biblical meaning of hospitality that includes caring for the sick, the hungry, the widow and the poor.

Timothy said...

This is awesome!