Scripture Reading: Luke 14:12-14. Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Reflections: A special dinner or supper sessions are sometimes hosted by people to give their friends and associates a treat. It is an occasion of joy. In the discourse of Jesus with his audience, He informs them that in order to attract divine blessings, people ought to organize such social treats for the needy and poor and not for friends and associates. The blessings derived from such a gesture according to Jesus is eternal. Hosting the poor, maimed, the lame and the blind that you do not even know to a treat may seem to be a complete departure from the norm but it points to the fact that we are required to give to those who cannot give us back anything in return. Thus one way of securing eternal blessings is to give to those who cannot give you anything in return. Keep giving to the needy and poor as led by God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to give to those who cannot give me back anything in return.
Confession: I give to the needy and poor. I am blessed with eternal blessings.