Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1Phil 2:1-4; Gospel Lk 14:12-14
Our Indian tradition speaks of various approaches towards service mainly conceptualised in words like Anna dhana, Shrama dhana, Vidya dhana. The underlying motivation for performing these acts of service is primarily oriented for the betterment of the other.
In the context of banquet, Jesus, in today’s gospel speaks of reaching out to the neediest who can’t repay us back. Suppose Jesus were to attend our jubilee celebrations, feast day banquets or wedding parties what do you think Jesus would tell us? wouldn’t he tell us the same thing that he told to his contemporaries 2000 years ago.
Our practice of evangelical counsels is intended to make us people who are for all without reservations and strings attached. Yet, we often associate ourselves with the influential and powerful and see how we could benefit. Our pastoral services at times are oriented towards this kind of reciprocity which neglect the poor and needy and perpetuate injustice.
Jesus who served the other without any expectation invites us to challenges our value systems. The Eucharistic banquet is open to all without discrimination. May we who partake of our Lord’s generous self-giving also open ourselves to the needy in our daily lives.