04 November 2019. Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo
Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)
Today’s Gospel is an invitation of fellowship. In the seminary context, I am reminded that in every meal, we should always be welcoming whoever sits beside us. I learned also in the seminary that meal time is an opportunity to share one’s thoughts/ learnings for a day or so.
In apostolate, too, I am reminded that I should not be choosy whatever my foster family would offer me especially during meals because in their own little way, I believe, they were actually giving their best effort for the food that we are to share.
Likewise, when we go on home weekend or vacation, our being seminarians should not hinder us in mingling with other people rather it should become a means, not of entitlement but of being humble.
I am being reminded that having fellowship with these people means not just a matter of eating or sharing stories with them but rather building a relationship and journeying with them. It is in journeying with them that we become fellowmen. In the end, the food that we share during Mass is a great example of this fellowship, whether we are sick or healthy, limping or not, whatever is our condition we are all called to partake in the banquet to dine, receive and share Him to others as well.
The Gospel Today
Luke 14: 12 – 14
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.”