“When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” – Luke 14:12-14
During a Sunday worship service Sherry G. shared the story of meeting an aboriginal woman outside Boston Pizza. She was looking for some help. Instead of ignoring her or telling her she didn’t hand out money, Sherry invited this woman into the restaurant for a meal.
In the process of walking into the restaurant two things happened at the same time. This aboriginal woman was raised up in importance and Sherry humbly took a lower seat. Both of these reflect the gracious and life-transforming values of God’s kingdom.
Jesus invites those who would follow him to practice the kind of evangelical hospitality that offers a banquet of the finest of foods for people who cannot repay. Jesus invites his followers to embody the kind of radical relational love that Jesus himself lived.
Is it easy? No way! But as we support and encourage one another, our Christian community can begin to practice a generosity and compassion that bears witness to the love Jesus revealed to us in his life, death and resurrection.
What opportunities to practice generosity and compassion will you have this week?