The parable of the lunch club

One day a man walked into a church lunch club and asked to speak to whoever was in charge. He explained to the leader of the lunch club that he was hungry because he hadn’t eaten for days, but hadn’t any money either so couldn’t pay the £5 charge for meal. The leader said that it didn’t matter and invited the man to have lunch free of charge. When the leader went round to collect payment for the meal, one man noticed that the newcomer hadn’t paid. “I’ve been coming here for years,” said the man, “and I’ve never had a freebie! I’m not coming again if you’re going to let people off paying.” The leader replied, “Isn’t the church free to do what it chooses with its money? Or are you envious because we’re being generous?”

And Jesus said, “Thank you for the lunch, it was really appreciated.”

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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