I would look at all of the other kids who had been friends since kindergarten, and wish I could be at their table. They seemed to have so much fun laughing and joking - they were so comfortable with each other. They were those people who seemed to have it all together - the looks, the clothes, the athletics - they were the "exalted."
Likely you had some of the "exalted" in your school experience. They might have been the jocks or the cheerleaders or the student council, but they always seemed to be first in everything, whether winning first place, or first lieutenant on the drill team or captain of the football team. The exalted seemed to be the first picked or selected or honored. The lunch table revolved around those who were exalted too.
This Sunday, we will see an image of a much different lunch table. Jesus tells a parable of a table in which the exalted will be humbled and the humbled will be exalted. In this situation, those who have always been honored, give up their spots to those who have never felt that way or had that experience. Those who are normally laughed at or bullied or feel invisible everyday, are recognized, assured and made to feel important. That lunch table is the image of a banquet in the kingdom of God.
This week, many children start the school year at a new lunch table with all new faces. This week, many children will be laughed at, bullied, or feel invisible at lunch tables around our city. This week, many children will be anxious around their school lunch tables hoping to make just one new friend.
Please take a moment today to pray for those children, that somehow, those lunch tables will look less like the school cafeteria and more like a banquet in the kingdom of God.
Peace to you and yours,