October 31 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection

10/31/2022 (Monday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 14:12-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
12 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.
13 Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
14 blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

10/31/2022 (Monday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 14:12-14

The gospel reading above is another story of Jesus being invited into someone’s home and something great happens. We already know the story of Zacchaeus, Mary and Martha, and Peter’s Mother-in-law. In the case of the leading Pharisee in the passage above, that something great is the opportunity to listen to the teachings of Jesus. If only this Pharisee had listened and obeyed.

The teaching of Jesus in today’s gospel is to do good without expecting repayment. Much of our actions is a matter of quid pro quo or trade-off. “I’ll do this but you have to do this.” The Lord is telling us to love unconditionally. Specifically, when we invite people, we have to invite those who can not invite us back. These are the poor and the physically disabled.

In economics, we say that there is no such thing as free lunch. This is also true in our spiritual life. We invite the poor who cannot not pay us back but our Father who sees our inner motive will actually repay us with something far more valuable than anything in this world. God does not forget our little good deeds, the fruits of our faith, and at the end of our earthly life, we are welcomed into His eternal kingdom.

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