August 29 2010 Sermon

August 29 2010 Sermon
Luke 14:1-14
And it came about that on a Sabbath, Jesus went up to the house of a certain leader of the Pharisees to eat bread and they were scrutinizing him to try to catch him breaking their laws. And behold, a certain man (suffering from) dropsy (was) before him… Addressing the legal experts and the Pharisees, Jesus asked them, “Is it permitted in the law to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. Grasping hold of the sick man, attaching him to himself, [Jesus] healed him and dismissed him with his blessing. And he said to them: “Who among you, if [your] son or ox falls into a well on a Sabbath day does not immediately draw him up?” But they were not able to answer him.
Observing how they chose the places of honor at the meal, He began speaking a parable to those who were invited, saying to them: Whenever someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the seat of honor (in case) someone more important than you is invited too. For then the one who invited both you and him will come and say to you, “Give [this] place to him, and embarrassed, you will have to move to the last place. But whenever you are invited, sit in the last place so that he who invited you will come and say to you, “Friend, come up higher.” Then you will have honor before all those invited to dine with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
He also said to the host: whenever you make a meal or a banquet do not invite your friends, or your brothers, or your relatives, or even rich neighbors lest they invite you back to repay you. Rather, whenever you make a feast invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then you will be blessed because they cannot repay you, so you will be recompensed in the resurrection of the righteous.

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