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Liturgical day: Monday 31st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 14,12-14): «When you give a feast, invite instead the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Fortunate are you then, because they can't repay you; you will be repaid at the Resurrection of the upright». On a sabbath, Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He addressed the man who had 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. Fortunate are you then, because they can't repay you; you will be repaid at the Resurrection of the upright».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, these Jesus’ words may seem incongruous to us. What kind of banquet is that one? Besides, if I organize a banquet it is to enjoy it now, not in eternal life... However, Jesus Christ’s words are wise: do we deserve the banquet of the Eucharist? What kind of "friend" would I be if I only made favors that may “appeal” to me, or only when they can be returned? God is not like that!

-We all are -without exception- very little in front of God. Fortunately, His House is open especially for the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind ... If it were not so, could I get in?