The Heavenly Jerusalem - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind
Last week there was a luncheon for seniors at an affluent parish. Many people came to attend, very nice people most of whom are now retired from distinguished careers in law, medicine, and business. Their gathering was a jovial one: good food, good conversation, and some lively bingo games with nice prizes awarded to winners.
One other person was invited to the luncheon. Jeremy is a large African American man who suffers from a permanent disability. He found himself homeless recently and was found on the corner crying about his plight. Jeremy was invited and welcomed to the luncheon, sitting with all the others enjoying the food, fellowship, and friendship. After the luncheon Jeremy was given a ride to an agency who will help him find housing.
This simple event captured in the concrete and practical the lesson of today's readings: our judgment has to do with how we treat the least among us and in nothing else. And in serving the least among us, we provide a foreshadowing of the heavenly banquet table in the heavenly Jerusalem - the reign of God.