The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
Today’s Gospel invites us to develop the virtue of hospitality and that is through offering our service without expecting anything in return. We are challenged to offer to help those who are in need especially the poor. Jesus emphasized that the ones whom we should pay attention to are the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Many of them would be ritually impure because of their physical condition. In inviting the poor, Jesus Christ is teaching that charity is more commendable than generosity. Jesus calls us to invite the poor and the marginalized to sit with us in our table, which is one of the most intimate places in our home.
I remember during our BEC when my assigned parish celebrated its feast wherein I witnessed the true hospitality of the people. That was the time I experienced to mingle with different people and tribe and their different traditions.
As I continue to reflect on the Gospel, the invitation for me is to be with the people, especially with those who are in need. To reach out even to those who are unlovable and uncomfortable to be with. To imitate the love that Christ has shown to us inspite of our unworthiness. As St Francis de Sales said “the true measurement of love, is to love without measure”. Let us continue to pray to God to have a genuine love for others.