Posted by: livingscripture | October 31, 2011

Thirty First Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.  Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.  For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

                                                                                             Luke 14: 12-14         

How should we live this Word

 

As usual, Jesus makes His teaching flow from a lively and happy picture of a meal.  He questions us in regard to the guests in order to propose a courageous leap of quality in our life.  He speaks to us of the logic of repayment that always clings to human action when it is motivated by egoism.  We want to exclude from our banquet of relationships, and thus from our life, the people who are poor or lacking in many ways, those who could never repay our gift.

This is not only at table, but even in our rapports we are tempted to make space only for qualified persons, nice people, those who are ‘in place’.  We may even be ready to give to them but in the certainty of receiving from them as well.  It deals with repayment, a branch of the infesting tree called profit.

Isn’t it true that the ruling economy in today’s society dictates laws to everyone and in everything, even in regard to this?  However, the strong wind of the Gospel is here to scatter the appearance of the obvious, to unmask an egoism camouflaged with thrift and intelligent calculations.  The Word invites us to widen our net of relationships, to enlarge our heart with the basic certainty that the recompense for this openness, its true repayment, will not be lost.  It is only postponed to where it will be incredibly greater, to the eternal day of our resurrection.           

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on what Jesus is saying to me here and now.

 

Jesus, increase my faith.  Convert my heart to Your logic.

The voice of Raoul Follereau 

If Christ knocks at your door tomorrow, will you recognize Him?  He will be as He once was, a poor man, certainly alone.  If He asks you, ‘what do You know how to do?’  And you cannot respond – everything.  ‘Where do you come from?’  And you cannot respond – from everywhere.  ‘What to you hope to gain?’  And you cannot respond – You.  Then He will go away, even more saddened, more crushed, with Peace in His naked hands.

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