1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.3 Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
12 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.
13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind,
14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
St PAUL promote the acquisition of sharitable virtues that has as it’s end a humble state of deep spiritual joy, a disposition that is apposed to; selfishness, pride and vainfulness.
THE GOSPEL READING: Christ coach His host, the one who invited him to his dinner table, to not invite rich familial friends or family members, because they will naturally return the favor. Instead, the host is called to invite the; indigent, bankrupt and destitude who cannot reciprocate in a likewise manner.
The highest form of charity is to expend our energy, time, wisdom and resources to; strangers, prisoners, those hated and rejected by family members living on the margins of society. These children, men and women may not be able to repay us in kind, however their; closed-mouth smile, the tears of thankfulness bursting from their eyes, their pursed lips and tender voices shall release their inner sadness, loneliness and depression, restoring their trust in the goodness of mankind. Let us not suppress the Holy Spirit who continuously incentivise us to recognize and reach out to those who are not part of our familial circle of friends.
LET US PRAY: Psalms 131:1-3
1 A Song of Ascents. Of David.
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.
3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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