September 5th Reading
Today, September 5th, or as it is known in the Coptic Kalendar, Mesra 30, our Gospel Reading is taken from that Kalendar and Lectionary.
If you think of this reading in a very modern and contemporary context what would you find the “certain man” saying and about whom would he be speaking? Could the excuses given to the servants represent the “mainline” Protestant churches, the so called “evangelical churches, the Roman and the Orthodox churches and further would the “newly invited” be all those excluded from acceptance by those institutions such as women, the poor, gay folke, and immigrants?!
Lk 14:16-24 [Arabic]
Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, “Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, “I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, “Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.”‘
Today in the Roman Kalendar is the Feast Day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. In the Coptic Kalendar it is the Feast Day of the Falling Asleep in the Lord of Holy Malachi the Prophet and in the Russian/OCA the Feast of Blessed Zachariah and Elizabeth the parents of John the Baptist. It is also the Commemoration according to that Kalendar of the Martyrdom of Sts Juventius and Maximus of Antioch who were Roman Soldiers and of Tathuil,Bebaea, Sarbelus, Bebaia,and Rhais of Alexandria. May these and all our holy friends and companions pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
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