August 31, 2013

22nd Sunday - C

Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Friends at Jesus’ Table

At the time of Jesus, especially in the Greek culture, calling somebody a friend indicates “a special intimacy and, more than that, equality with the host.” [1]

Each time we celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus invites us, “the poor, the crippled, the lame, [and] the blind” who cannot repay him. 

Moreover, he calls us “friends” and shares his table with us. 

[1] Luke Timothy Johnson, The Gospel of Luke; Sacra Pagina Series.  Collegeville, MN; Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 224;  quoting Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics.

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