VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: november 2018
Monday 5 November 2018
XXXI week of ordinary time
Lk 14: 12-14
12 He then said to the one who had invited him: "When you offer a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, because they in turn will not invite you too and you have the exchange. 13 On the contrary, when you offer a banquet, invite poor, crippled, lame, blind; 14 and you will be blessed because they do not have to repay you. For you will receive your reward for the resurrection of the righteous. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The temptation of reciprocation
How easily we yield to the temptation of reciprocation: I do something to you and you do something to me; I give something to you and you give it to me. And if you do not make me, or you do not give me, I speak badly of you right away. Or how many people say, "I've always done good in my life and what I've just got kicks in the back." So what should God say about us for all he has done and given to each of us?
We want to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, then we must imitate his style: in giving without measure and without waiting for any reward, no return. The only reward and the only return to hope for is that which comes from Christ and he does not allow himself to be won by anyone in this life.
The example of the saints is extraordinary. They became champions in generosity because they had learned to compete with Christ, knowing full well that He had already won by giving all of himself to us.
We learn to think that whatever we give or do to others especially to the poor, even those who want to take advantage of our good faith we do it to Christ. So when we are in need we can turn to Him without being ashamed.Good day.