Ord. Wk 31st: Monday,  Monday, 6th November,2017  (Lk 14:12-14)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Deeds - Motive: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed that if we hold a celebration; invite the poor, needy, crippled, lame and blind as they do not have the means to repay us.  The motive of our good deeds must be pure and not done for self-centred gains and glory.  But, if we serve out of love for God, He will reward us for all eternity. 

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to his host, one of the leading Pharisees, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relations or rich neighbours, in case they invite you back and so repay you. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus in today’s Gospel tells us that when we throw a party in our home, we should invite the crippled, the migrant workers and the poor and the aged.  

  • What is preventing me from taking up Jesus’ challenge?  Is it out of fear, prejudice or the need to keep our homes to ourselves and invite only those who can reciprocate our hospitality? 

  • Jesus tells us that the poor and crippled are also God’s children.  Am I able to accept them as my brothers and sisters too?