Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14)
When my husband and I were a young couple with little money, friends of my husband’s parents took us to a ballet and dinner. It was a lovely evening and because they lived in Texas, we were never able to pay them back. I didn’t know them well, but they have a place in my heart because of their kindness. They were angels of love and will be rewarded in heaven.
Jesus told the Pharisee who invited him to dinner that he should have invited the man with abnormal swelling to dinner instead of inviting him to catch Jesus in the act of healing on the Sabbath. The Pharisee invited only those who could repay him or could take care of his own needs. It is always a blessing to help those who cannot repay us with an extra guest at Thanksgiving or helping a child’s friend in need. Often we donate money, but it’s always more satisfying to help someone personally.
Father God, give me one of your children in need so I can be an angel of prayer and love. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.