The Homily as delivered by Reverend Dr. Wayne Fraser on Sunday September 15th 2013 is now available on our website under the Homilies link.
You will remember that the context for the gospel text two weeks ago, Luke 14, was a meal “at the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees,” and the entire chapter was connected by the imagery of a meal, a banquet, in fact. Jesus used that social occasion to remind the wealthy and powerful of their obligations to care for the poor. In today’s reading from Luke chapter 15, Jesus is defending himself against further criticism from the Pharisees for eating and drinking with “tax-collectors and sinners.” The rules of the synagogue were very strict about meal practices and about interacting with those considered unclean; the rules were quite exclusive. Read More