When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, or your brothers, relatives and wealthy neighbors. Luke 14:12
Jesus addressed the man who invited him and said, ” When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, or your brothers and relatives and wealthy neighbors. For surely, they will also invite you in return and you will be repaid. When you give a feast, invite instead the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.
The poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind are always people who do not have honor, prestige or reputation. They are the little ones in the eyes of God. Jesus love them and said that they are the blessed for the kingdom of God.
In today’s world, in our society, we use to invite our loved ones, relatives, friends and neighbors for a party, a wedding feast or certain ceremony. Jesus, the Lord did not say that it was not right but he encouraged to remember those who are overlooked and neglected. He said, ” Fortunate are you then, because they can’t repay you; and you will be repaid at the Resurrection of the upright. ” Then would your reward be great and you would be sons of the Most high.
The banquet in the kingdom of God was illustrated by Jesus in the gospel liked the man who gave a feast and all his invited guests did not want to show up by giving excuses. He was flew into a rage and ordered his servant to go into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame who were meant for the invitation.
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.