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During a Spred Session the Leader will read a short piece of scripture and this is followed by each person receiving a personal message from Jesus. Each week this page will display both a piece of Scripture and a personal message. I invite you to visit this site each week for your own spiritual nourishment.
Today Jesus tells us that we should live our lives humbly and be loving to one another.
Now on a sabbath day he had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.
He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, 'When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, "Give up your place to this man". And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, "My friend, move up higher". In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.'
Then he said to his host, 'When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.' (Luke 14:1. 7-14)
_____, Jesus says to you today,
I welcome you always
Reflection - All are Equally Welcomed
you have created men arid women in your image.
And through the incarnation of your Son
you have gifted them with your divinity.
You have made human beings
the stewards of creation
and have gifted them with a dignity
that only you can give.
You have set a banquet table for all your children
and you will go to the ends of the earth
to seek out the lost,
and give them a place of honour
at your divine table.
Instil in your disciples your very own passion
for the rejected of our world.
Send them out to gather the lost
and invite them to your heavenly feast.
And let this be accomplished
through the power of your Holy Spirit.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Saviour. Amen
(Prayertime, Cycle C, RENEW International)