Monday, November 5, 2018


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."

It is better to give than receive. Jesus’ words to his host reflect this popular saying many of us would reject, or at least ignore.  But we all know there is great pleasure in making other people happy or simply easing the pain of their loss and heart ache.

We are to invite others into our hearts through our compassion and charity.    Our friends, brothers, sisters and relatives are already there.  We just need to make room for others to dine.   Repayment is not needed.   Loving our neighbor is expected of us with no compensation required.

Deacon David Pierce 

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