JESUS + JAM.
Luke 14:1, 7-14 (NRSVA)
1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.
7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. 8 ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’
Jesus of the jam sandwich
just in time and made with love.
Jesus of granny’s soup
that has been simmering since 1986 and has never run out
— there’s always enough.
Jesus of the banquet
where every seat is taken and yet every new guest finds a place.
Jesus of the cupcakes
almost inedible but eaten by parents bursting with pride.
Jesus of the little bowl of rice
that brought you back to life.
Jesus of the wedding feast
and the jam piece
where saints and sinners
are all beginners
in the midst of
a kingdom coming together
now and forever.
Grant us the wisdom and kindness of hearts bursting for you.