WelCom September 2019:
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 14: 1, 7-14
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honour at the table.
‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honour. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, “Give your place to this man,” and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, “My friend, move up to a higher position.” Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.’
Then he said to the host who invited him, ‘When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbours, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’
Mō te Pani, mō te Rawakore
He whakaaroaro mō Ruka 14:1m 7-14
nā Rīkona Danny Karatea-Goddard
Nā te Rongo Pai a Ruka te tono ki a tāua kia kitea te Hāhi hei tohu o te tika me te pono ki te ao i tēnei wā e tupu ai ngā wero ā hapori, ā pūtea, ā ahurea, ā wairua.
Kia whakaritea e te hunga mananui ā hapori, ā whenua hoki ngā mōmō ture e tika ana, kia noho taurite ngā iwi katoa.
Kia noho hoki tātou hei tauira mō te hunga whakapono tahi me ngā minita o te ngākau pono me te aroha i ō tātou pārihi, hapori, kura, marae anō hoki.
Mā roto mai i ēnei mahi atawhai hohou rongo ka piki te ora ki te tangata. Matua rā ki a rātou te hunga pōhara, te hunga mokemoke, te hunga māuiui, te hunga mauhere, te hunga rawa kore, ā ko te hunga ka tūkinohia tonutia. Kia Karaiti tō taua rite i te tēpu hākari,
‘Mō te Pani, mō te Rawakore’.
For the Bereft, for the Poor
A reflection on Luke 14: 1, 7-14
Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard
In this time of ever increasing social, economic, cultural and spiritual challenges Luke’s Gospel asks us that the Church is seen as a sign of integrity and justice to the world.
That those who hold power at a local and national level enact laws that are just for all peoples.
And that we, the faithful and ministers in our parish communities, our schools and marae are models of sincerity, of compassion, of aroha.
It is through these acts of service we will bring healing and comfort to others. Especially the poor, the lonely of heart, the sick and imprisoned and those who have nothing, those who continue to suffer.
Let us be like Christ at the banquet table; let’s be –
‘For the Bereft, for the Poor’.