One of the primary themes in Luke’s gospel is salvation by reversal. Jesus spends time with the marginalized and disposed in his society. These are those who had no place at the table. These are those who had no voice in society, often even concerning their own personal welfare. These are those whom were kept at distance by others because – often for fear of literal of metaphorical contamination. Instead, when Jesus arrives into people’s lives, their fortunes are reversed. The lowly are lifted up and the high and mighty are brought low. Often Jesus met these people around tables, sharing a meal together.
As we consider how to follow the example of Jesus portrayed in Luke in our own world, we have to consider – who is missing from our tables? Who are we worried – secretly or openly – that some of whatever they have might “rub off on us?” What would it mean for us, filled with the Holy Spirit, to move towards our marginalized neighbors in the name of Jesus? It might transform our tables. It might transform our church. It might transform our lives.