Today's Reading: Luke 14:15-24
“Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’” (Luke 14:15)
It is clear, today, that the Lord wants everybody in His Kingdom. It is also clear that most will be too preoccupied to come. Even those who come must be compelled, urged, pressed to attend. Men will be saved, according to Jesus, despite themselves, simply because of the desire of the One who prepares the Meal. And what a Meal He has prepared!
What kind of things keep you from Jesus and His Service to you? Did you just buy a new car, get a new job, find a new boyfriend or girlfriend?
There is nothing wrong with those things but we do tend to throw ourselves into the cares and the interests of life, don’t we?
Well – Good News, dear Christian! Jesus throws Himself into US! He threw Himself into our flesh. He threw Himself into the water meant for sinners. By that, He took on Himself all our sins. Then He threw Himself into our place – our cursed place – on a cross.
Now that He is risen and seated at the right hand of the Father, He continues throwing Himself around – and into – poor sinners! He threw Himself over you in your Baptism, giving you your wedding garments that prepare you for His Feast. He throws Himself into your ears with the preaching of His Word and the Holy Absolution. He even throws Himself into your mouth with the Bread and the Wine – for the forgiveness of all of your sins.
What a Feast it is, dear Christian – the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb in His Kingdom. And blessed are YOU, to eat the Bread that is His Body and drink the Wine that is His Blood for your forgiveness!
What prevents you, dear Christian? What sins entangle you too often and keep you from His Table?
Bring all of that. Confess it. Hear His Holy Absolution. Drag your girlfriend or boyfriend with you, your family, your friends, and let them hear this, too: “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Amen
“O Lord, who never fails to help and govern those whom You bring up in Your steadfast fear and love, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen”(Collect for the Second Sunday after Trinity)