Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Luke 14:15-24
The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.”
More thoughts for meditation
“The courage to face unpleasant aspects of our inner selves comes from feeling deeply loved. It also comes from the assurance that we are safe. Our gaze needs to go back and forth between divine love and our fears. We gain courage to face our fears as we soak in love.
“Meditation on aspects of Jesus’ life and teaching can help you further ground yourself in perfect love. Let the following brief scene [as in today’s reading] lead you into meditative daydreaming. Picture yourself in [the] situation. Observe, listen, and note all of the sensory elements of each scene. Notice your feelings. And pay close attention to Jesus. Allow the experience to begin to teach you about being deeply loved. And as you do so, begin to face the fears that have held you back from surrender to this love.” —Surrender to Love (p. 50)
Suggestions for action
Sometimes the most profound connection we can make with God can come from voluntarily revealing our inner self to God and waiting to see his reaction through the light of scripture. Reread the passage listed above. In Benner’s words, “Read these words about a wedding feast as if they were an invitation to you to bring all the lame, broken, and fearful parts of yourself into the banquet of love being prepared for you by the God of perfect love. Dare to bring these neglected parts with you. There is a space reserved for each … Allow these neglected parts of yourself to enjoy the warmth of God’s love as they are honored with special treatment.”