My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
A funny teaching by Christ in today’s gospel. It seems like he is teaching us to manipulate the situation to our advantage. What is he really teaching us? Quite the opposite. “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.”
He goes on to teach us to invite to dinner those who cannot repay us. What this does is takes away the idea of reciprocity. That is, I will invite you if you invite me. Conditional invitations flow from conditional friendships or conditional love, which is no friendship nor love at all.
As we look at stewardship these weeks we see one of the key values, generosity. To give without cost is an expression of our realization that all we have is given by God and given without cost to us. God gives because God loves us. Period! Even if we are ungrateful or selfish in our use of what God has given us, God will continue to give and love unconditionally. (Unfortunately we will be unaware of this as we assume God behaves like we do.)
If we give, generously, of our time, talent and treasure, we will experience the joys of true love, our love for others and God’s love for us.