Jul 31, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Here’s a simple readers’ theatre setting of Luke 14: 1, 7-14.  It is set for two voices:  Jesus, and a narrator.

Readers’ Theatre
(Luke 14: 1, 7-14)

One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner
in the home of a leader of the Pharisees,
and the people were watching him closely. 

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner
were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table,
he gave them this advice:

When you are invited to a wedding feast,
don’t sit in the seat of honor.
What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? 
The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’
Then you will be embarrassed,
and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table.
Then when your host sees you, he will come and say,
‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’
Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Then Jesus turned to his host.

When you put on a luncheon or a banquet
don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors.
For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 
Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 
Then at the resurrection of the righteous,
God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.