22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Once again Jesus uses something very ordinary to teach us about Heaven.
This time he’s observing people at a dinner.
So he takes just that – people at a dinner – and he uses it to describe Heaven.
Heaven is like a wedding feast.
Insights like this – and Jesus supplies so many – are useful in helping us address the mystery of death. Jesus is saying that what comes after death is like a wedding feast.
What else is he telling us about Heaven?
He tells us that in God’s presence, in Heaven, we are merely guests.
Guests don’t decide where they sit!
This is the real force of the teaching – we ought not presume that we know our place or that we’re already in!
The best bet is humility. Besides there’s only humility in God’s presence. Nothing else can exist there.
It will be our host – God – who’ll decide where we sit. In other words there’s judgment. My friend move up higher or to our embarrassment, we are moved to a lower or even the lowest place.
But it’s the piece about inviting guests who can’t pay us back that really puts the knife in!
Here we’re given the standard that God will use to determine where we’ll be sitting.