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Monday 31st Lundi 31e semaine

“When you give a dinner, invite the poor.”

Ph.2. 1-4 Ps.130 Lk.14,12-14

Monday 31st Week even numbered year “Jesus said to his host”When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers, or your relations or rich neighbours, in case they invite you back or repay you."

When a relationship made up of friendship is taken freely and opens up to another, recognising the other person for his person, without any contradiction.This is how a future of communion is built peacefully and is completely gratuitous. Jesus always invites us to this huge freedom without any perspective of turning back. This gratuity is founded upon the gratuity of God our Father. To give freely because we have freely received. This is just how Jesus lived his life one earth, he was a gift in return for the Father’s generosity.

We desire to enter into the recognition of all the benefits we have received from God. A real generosity so as to be able to love and serve God in all our sisters and brothers, ’the poor, the lame, the blind, all who are forbidden entrance into the Temple! Jesus wishes to re introduce those who were excluded into God’s people, God’s Salvation is free, to b received.

“No, when you give a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.”

Jesus calls us to live in the depths of our humanity, inviting u to a real fraterity that always passes through humility and poverty. God alone is capable of living pure gratuity, pure generosity for he is God, he has nothing to receive, he just is.

As for us, we are in a process of becoming and we discover in Jesus, God who makes Himself so dependent of us out of pure free choice.

Jesus is first of all attentive to those who are insignificant in the world, those who are poor, speechless, without the capacity to love or even to love themselves.

The Kingdom of God is received freely. We have to get out of the dynamic of worldly ’business when we are in contact with our sisters and brothers. God doesn’t make any difference between men, he bears a privileged attention

towards the poor. When we frequent the milieu of the poor and handicapped e come to understand of how we ourselves are poor and disabled. And so we can go down right to the bottom of our hearts and see there our misery. We can build with the poor a new world where Love comes first.

“You will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you!”

On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. He prepares for us a banquet of God’s Kingdom. We are invited by God to his table, into his intimacy. Our whole life is a response of love to the lovng invitation of God.

Jesus opens up for us a magnificent school of humility and an opportunity is given to us to enter into communion with God’s life.

Each one of us is invited, called and loved. Jesus wants to see us I mitate the generosity of our Father who gathers us together with his poor ones.

We let ourselves be transformed by this generosity of God, by this wideness of God’s Heart at the moment we celebrate the Eucharist.

Saved by Jesus’ Love and death, all invited together e are so happy to be already part of his feast. Jesus bore upon himself all our sufferings and illness by hi Cross. We want to honour Jesus’ Cross!

’Lord, I do not have the heart that is proud or ambitious,’

In human misery we keep our soul quietly still and silent, offering ourselves up to God. The poor make us draw closer to Jesus in the mystery of his Love and comfort and encouragement of the communion which never leaves our heart.

We ask God for the grace of Mary’s humility which helps us to encounter Jesus in the poor.