GIVING TO THOSE WHO CAN’T REPAY YOU
“He said also to the man who had invited him, ‘When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.’” (Lk 14: 12-14)
“You will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.” Indeed, we are “blessed” in a special way, as only God can “bless” us, when we give or share of what we have, (however small our “dinners” or “banquets” may be), with those who cannot repay us, or “invite” us “in return.” And amongst those who cannot repay us, or “invite” us “in return,” are our very-elderly and ailing, and also our deceased. I was thinking about this yesterday, as I attended the funeral-“banquet” of a beloved mentor, Fr. Robert Taft, who supported and helped so many of us, his students, throughout his life, both by his words and deeds. But he could no longer do that since his final illness, which preceded his death.
Today let me readily share “blessing(s)” (ev-logia, or “good word/s”) and open my heart to those who cannot, or cannot any longer, “invite” me “in return.” Thank You, Lord, for teaching us to love one another as You love all of us, – even those of us who cannot repay You, or invite You in return.