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Jesus: It’s About the Relationship

I am a master procrastinator. And it’s not only the stuff I don’t want to do or deal with that I leave until the last minute; I’m late for good things, too. The other night I left for a family party twenty minutes before I had to be there. Unfortunately, the house was thirty minutes away and I still had to pick up a bottle of wine.

I would like to be outraged by the people in today’s Gospel according to Saint Luke, but more often than not I am one of them. So preoccupied with the cares of everyday life—stuff and money and relationships—that we miss the invitation to a richer life, an abundant life lived with Christ.

There’s a reason Jesus uses a banquet to communicate His message. Yes there are crosses to be embraced and discipline to be learned from, but the Gospel is, above all, unimaginable JOY! It’s celebration and resurrection! It’s gathering around God’s table and enjoying intimate friendship with Him.

We can learn so much about God’s heart from this parable. He sends out invitations in advance because He can’t wait to be with us. He makes preparations for our arrival because He wants to provide for our every need. He invites us to eat with Him because He knows that only He can feed our deepest hunger, satisfy our thirst. He wants us to come into His home because, like any good Father, God wants His kids under one roof.

In His time on Earth, Jesus didn’t go around preaching a program for sin management. He’s not asking His listeners to make more sacrifices or take on more religious activities or devotions. He’s inviting them into relationship. And the invitation remains the same for us today: Come over for dinner. Come share in His presence and love.

How’s your relationship with Jesus today? Does He deserve a stopover at Adoration, a chat during prayer, a sharing of His sacrifice for us at Mass?

Beth Davis is the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She served as a youth minister for eleven years. She has a heart for teaching women about developing an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary souls. You can find out more about her here.

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    Anonymous
    November 7, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I loved this! Thanks for taking the time to put your reflections into words for us.

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    M Albertson
    November 7, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Thank you; so good and timely for all the ways we run late or leave early (or decide we’re too busy to even show up) … yes, in families but in invitations from the Lord. As you said, Adoration or a parish-planned activity. We’re so busy and overscheduled that the life of the parish is often the thing we skip.

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    Angela McNabb
    November 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

    You know, I have to say… I don’t read all of the emails that I get, but I am always so happy when I do. For some reason you ladies always seem to touch on the subjects that I am struggling with the most in my life. So please keep them coming!! If you could come up with one about being a stay at home mom and the worth that it has that would be awesome! Because I am having a hard time finding its worth…. May God bless you all

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    Lisa
    November 7, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing this . It really hit home that it is the relationship is where I should be focusing my energies .

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