Tuesday 5 November 2013

Invited and divided

Tuesday, Week 31, Year I

The parable that Jesus tells in Lk 14:15-24 about the invitees who do not turn up for the banquet, is very likely meant for the Chosen People. (KEKLEMENOI = the Called, related therefore to Ecclesia, I am supposing.) But also perhaps for people who are far too involved in the cares of this world. This is a familiar enough theme with Jesus: Martha, Martha, you are worried and anxious about many things.... and the seed that falls into the ground and is then choked by thorns, the worries and cares of this world. So we might think we are the new Israel, for are we not those who have accepted the invitation, or at least found ourselves somehow within? And still we might find ourselves sometimes, often, all the time with divided hearts, torn between God and the cares of this world. What might those "cares" be? What are my distractions? What are the many pulls on my heart? I ask for light to see, to know, and for an undivided heart. 

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