Tonight while I’m working on edits for this part of God’s Story of blessings it is Super Bowl XLVII. Those Roman numerals equal 2013, and I’m only halfway embarrassed not to know which two teams are playing. Each year, during this season, there are all kinds of parties taking place as football games are watched and cheered. My supper bowl holds tomato soup and after a pleasant time of roller-skating on the bike trail, I’m enjoying the quiet evening alone. But, if I were to throw a celebration, I would want it to be a good one; a fun time for all who would come.
Jesus gives great advice for how to host a blessed gathering. He says, “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Not all reward comes immediately, but blessing others, in this case, those who can’t pay you back, brings a greater kind of blessing to the one who blesses initially. When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Now that’s one party I sure do not want to miss! I may not know football, but I know God and I’m so happy to be on His team! I look forward to seeing you at the party!