A Different Measuring Stick

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.”
(Luke 14:12-14)  

 

Scripture Study

14:14. A Christian acts in the world in the same way anyone else does; but his dealings with his colleagues and others should not be based on pursuit of reward or vainglory: the first thing he should seek is God’s glory, desiring heaven as his only reward (cf. Lk 6:32–34).[1] 

Reflection

“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.”

Most people are familiar with the term quid pro quo, a latin phrase that means if I do something for you, it is with the understanding between us that you in turn will do something for me. In our narcissistic society, with a total focus on the self leads, relationships are not valued but are seen as mechanisms for individuals to obtain personal pleasure or personal gain. 

God calls us to a different type of relationship – one that seeks honor all people through mutual respect and love of neighbor. In a world driven by a false sense of individuality and freedom, it is only in embracing humility that we can experience the true freedom which comes from God. Because in reality, our idea of freedom is warped. We become slaves to an unending and unquenchable desire of self-pleasure. True freedom only comes from an intimate and loving relationship with God. 

Our measuring stick is found in the imitation of Christ and the saints. Let us hold fast to the teachings of Christ as we daily seek to live a life in harmony with the beatitudes and Our Lord’s Prayer.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

 

 

[1] Saint Luke’s Gospel, The Navarre Bible (Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers, 2005), 134.