Monday, July 07, 2008

The Banquet

I love it when different religious traditions stumble across the same apprehension. I figure, the more widely apprehended a religious principle is, the more universally true it must be.

Widow throws party to find place in heaven

Fri Jun 6, 6:28 AM ET A rich 80-year-old Indian widow has spent thousands of dollars on a feast for 100,000 people in the hope it would please the gods and open the doors of heaven for her, local officials said.

People from surrounding villages and towns were fed lunch over two consecutive days by Phuljharia Kunwar, who lives in the eastern state of Bihar and has no family or relatives.

Kunwar spent $37,500 (19,186 pounds) on the feast. Local officials said she spent lavishly on the meal because she had no one to bequeath her property.

"She told us she could now begin her final journey and her soul could rest in peace in heaven," Ajay Kumar Bulganin, a local lawmaker who attended the feast, held over Wednesday and Thursday, said.

"She was worried that no one would care about throwing a feast after her death."

[Copyright © 2008 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.]

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. ... When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

[Luke 14:1, 7-14]


At July 7, 2008 at 6:00:00 PM EDT, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

That piece of scripture speaks to me because I have made it my goal to avoid the social climbing, the leapfrogging behavior of the blatantly and flagrantly self-promoting.

Certainly I am not perfect so I don't always get there, but I certainly try.

I admit that I'm a little confused. What correlation do you seek to draw between the two?


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