(Pope Francis, Indulgences for Year of Mercy, September 1, 2015)
August 28, 2016
Sirach 3: 17-18, 20, 28-30; Ps. 68; Hebrews 12: 18-19, 22-24; Luke 14: 1, 7-14
From today’s Gospel reading:
When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers [and sisters],
or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back
and you have your repayment.
When we entered the doors of our church today we again passed through the "Door of Mercy." In the eyes of the world what happens here is all turned around. We are honored guests, not because of what we have done and deserve, but because Jesus is our host and has called us to be his beloved guests, and brothers and sisters to one another.
So we ask ourselves:
- How often do we sit for a meal or at a social occasion with people from lesser social standing or means than us?
- Do we just associate with our "own kind" of people and avoid others who are different than us?