All the Cares in the World

Luke 14:16-24

Just going about our business

 

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.’ “

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo writes:

We spell out our priorities in life

“Even though we cannot put aside our burdensome concern for earning a living, paying bills, and feeding and clothing our children, all these pursuits can be guide and governed by the goals of our first calling:  to become united with God and have His Kingdom ruling in our hearts and souls.  When we do this, when we place our Saviour Jesus Christ uppermost in our hearts and put our trust in Him, the weight of our daily burdens becomes easier and the stresses of life are made lighter.  Gradually, as we grow in our relationship with God, life becomes less burdensome and a peace and joy begin to grow inside us.  The deep inner fears which beset us are laid to rest and replaced by a peaceful haven of faith and hope.  When Christ becomes uppermost in our hearts and lives, the hope of eternity begins to burn within us and the Kingdom of peace dominates our souls.”   (Not By Bread Alone:  Homilies on the Gospel According to St Matthew, Vol 1, pg 63)