On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
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 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.”
Imagine what it would be like to host a banquet and invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Usually when we have a party, we invite our friends and family, those people that are close to us. Often these people also invite us to their homes for similar gatherings.
Jesus tells the Pharisee not to invite those that can pay your back with an invite to their house. We are called to invite those that have no way of repaying us, those who have no support, and those that are marginalized by society. We show our true love for others when we give without expecting anything in repayment.
What motivates me to do what I do?
Do I have selfish motives when I do things for other people?
Or do I give freely, without expecting any repayment?
Take time today to do something kind for someone that cannot repay you.
Do something nice for someone without them knowing about it.
Have a blessed day!