Jesus speaks about an invitation to a banquet – and challenges us to think about how we respond, how we engage with others who are invited, whether we are involved in inviting others.

Reading: Luke 14:15-24

Questions to think about:

  • Jesus tells this parable in response to a statement made by someone. What was the heart behind this statement, and why does Jesus tell this story in response?
  • In the parable are several characters: the owner of the house, the servant, those who are invited first, the poor, crippled, blind and lame, and the final group who are invited. How much do you associate with each group? Which group do feel you would most WANT to associate with?
  • Who do you think the people who make excuses are in the story? Are there people like that today? Are we ever guilty of that kind of attitude?
  • If we are honest, are there people who we struggle with the idea of them being included in God’s Kingdom and would find it easier if they weren’t invited? Are there ways our actions might betray that attitude?
  • How can we, in our everyday lives, make room for people who might ordinarily feel excluded?
  • Why do you think Jesus uses the image of a banquet in the first place?
  • Who are you inviting to the banquet? What has their response been so far? And what are you going to do next?