Monday, August 31, 2015


Background passage: Luke 16:19-31
Daily reading: Luke 14:7-14
Monday August 31, 2015

Focus passage: “When you host a lunch or dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or rich neighbors.  If you do, they will invite you in return and that will be your reward. Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, cripple, lame and blind.” Luke 14:12-13

This passage reminds us that even back in Jesus’ day there was a pecking order.  We might like to think it doesn’t exist in today’s world but it does.  

I know that it tugs at my heart strings as a mother, wondering if my child will be accepted by his/her peers.  No parent wants to hear that their child does not have friends or that their child is being picked on.
Just as we don’t want to be left out we don’t want our children to be left out either.

The parable and lesson for today reminds us that we have an opportunity.  We can seek out the one that is left out and welcome them in.  It happens more often than we might care to admit and it doesn’t only happen on the school bus or in the cafeteria.  It happens among adults too.

Seek out those in need and there you will experience the presence of Christ.

Prayer: God this week open my eyes to the poor in my neighborhood. Amen.

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