One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’” Luke 14:12-24
My hands are rough from labor
your clothes unwashed from the street
her body bent with constant pain
the eyes of passing people avoid us.
We are not A-list kind of folks
our hearts are always seeking justice
our mistakes have leveled us all
we band together as a misfit family.
We are strangers in this land unrecognized
barred from participating we still yearn
for our voices to be heard our bellies filled
we long for kindness and get rejected.
Let us come and dine with you tonight
the bitter cold has set in and many die
there is room here for us as well as you
the table expands for love's sake alone.