For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous

Jesus at the banquet(Luke 14: 1, 7-14)

Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. … So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; “and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. “But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. “And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

In this Gospel, Jesus is teaching us that we must keep a humble heart and when you’re a guest to take the less important seat.  Luke used this to relate to the Gentiles how they could learn to be gracious guests to a welcoming host.  Jesus wants us to do for others, “just because” it is the right thing to do.  Not because we will receive a repayment or reciprocation.  We must carry out our daily lives mindful of our purpose here.  Love one another.  Share with one another.  Care for one another.  Jesus has taught us that it is a greater gift to offer little when you have nothing than to offer much when you have an abundance.  We must always remember that there is one greater than us.  We must place Jesus at the head of our table.  We are being guided to let go of our status and our ego and humble ourselves before our Lord and Savior.  Our repayment will be in the kingdom of heaven.  In Christ, we prostrate before our Lord with humility and give thanks for the graces of our Lord in heaven.

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