October 31, 2016
Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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. Eric Yabut)
Invite the crippled, the blind, the sinners and spiritually ill. This is the invitation of Christ to us on how to become a good steward to others.
I remember an incident during my apostolate of presence. I was assigned to the family of the BEC (Basic Ecclesial Community) coordinator. One of their activities was to have Bible sharing. I was moved by my experience when there was a lady participant whom they known as a drug addict attended the session. One of the participants confirmed to me that the lady is really such. Upon reflecting on that scenario, I admired to my apostolate parents because of their dedication to their service for the parish. They welcomed everyone to join. They welcomed anyone seeking for God’s mercy and forgiveness. That activity was a manifestation that God is working in their lives and eventually with the consistent attendance of that participant, I know that she will change her way of life eventually.
We can see Christ everywhere. We can see Jesus through the persons next to us, those who are just beside us. We are created in the image and likeness of God; we must act in a manner that God wants us to. He created us as His sons and daughters.
Our God invites everyone to be in His banquet. Even if we feel that we are unworthy to join, all the more that He pursues us. Like the lady participant in the story, I was called to priesthood despite my unworthiness and my sinfulness. Through the love of God, we are invited to be with Him and also be His presence for others.