telling Luke 14
We began with prayers of thanks and invocation (welcoming God's Spirit), then broke bread together (a loaf on each table of four people, and the symbolic loaf in the hands of Michelle, presiding). Then we ate lunch.
After some time for eating and conversation, we heard a story of Jesus, in the way that Jesus told stories at meals. It seemed appropriate to tell one of his dinner stories.
I added an introduction:
The evangelist Luke told recorded these stories for his community to remind them of what Jesus taught about hospitality and humility. In their time, behaviour was governed by a strict code of honour and shame. Honour - at the dinner table, there were more honoured seats (I moved to the left), our A reserve at a concert or theatre, and less honoured seats (I moved to the right), up in the back blocks, harder to see. (the movement was to help visualise the banquet table with the honoured guests at one end and the less honoured guests at the other. in the later part of the story, I gesture with wide arms a 'great banquet', so perhaps on some level, people might visualise the banquet table). Honour was prized - prized above beauty, talent, even money.
So when Jesus was invited to dine at the home of Simon the Pharisee, and he noticed how the guests took for themselves the places of honour, he said this:
‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
The text divides these two stories with subheadings. I ran it all on, which the narrative seems to do anyway, and telling it this way it actually felt more like one story, even though Jesus seems to be telling two discreet 'stories' ...