When he returned, the servant reported these excuses to his master. The master of the house became angry and said to his servant, “go quickly to the city’s streets, the busy ones and the side streets, and bring the poor, crippled, blind and lame.” (Luke 14)
Work day 3 saw some projects come to completion and new ones begin. At Mario’s church, we finished installing the roof that we began on Monday. At Luis’ church, more walls and cement pillars keep going up. Lastly we participated in an English class and meal for 100+ area children that the church provides. It was an awesome experience!
Jesus tells a very accurate story about a master of a house inviting people to a large banquet. He invites a bunch of people with means (farmer, rancher, married man) and none can make it. The master then invites everyone without means to come join in on the party he is throwing.
It is hard not to see the parallels of busy Americans putting Jesus on the side to get to him later. Monday, we heard a story from our Mexican brothers and sisters about a man who fell through the roof of the church, died, came back to life 10 minutes later and now lives as if nothing happened.
Does God only work that way with the poor? No. We get so distracted by our stuff we miss miracles around us all the time.
May we learn from the poor to say yes to the banquet and see God move around and in us all the time!