FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
31st Monday of Ordinary Time
November 4, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers 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 shall I live this Word?
In this Gospel Jesus invites us to be generous and gratuitous in our life, not seeking to be repaid for what we can do but rather consider the needs of our neighbor. Meeting the needs of others without expecting something in return for what we do is true charity. Jesus and the saints give us a marvelous example of this charity that places love for others first.
Just as we have been helped in our life (by parents, family, friends, and people God has placed beside us), thus we too should help others, in the measure of their needs and of our concrete ability to help the needy. Jesus promises us that our recompense will be in Heaven, at the resurrection of the righteous. Thus in some way, God makes Himself the guarantor of the benevolence toward those who do good in a selfless way.
Thank You Lord, for the example You have given us of a love revealed on the Cross and that remains the model that we must imitate. Grant that peace and concord may reign in the world for everyone.
The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Saint
Whoever on the journey of life has lit even just one small light in someone’s dark hour, has not lived in vain!
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