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Luke 14:12-14

Jesus said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Luke 14:12-14
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    • Jesus, how often my giving is corrupted by self-interest and the hope of favours in return. You gave to me without hope of return. I can do you no favours, but you taught me that love means giving without expectations, that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.
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    • Jesus’ words reveal his generous heart. I try again to accept that I am here in prayer not because I am worthy but so that I might become more open to accept the gifts that God offers to me.
    • I call to mind those who are without the advantages I enjoy: Jesus wishes such blessings for them too. How can I wish anything less for them? What might I do to express my gratitude to God for being so good to me?
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    • I am happy to be at table with Jesus. But do I want to be at table with the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind? Or do I prefer to take my seat with the proud and the self-righteous?
    • How might it be if Jesus were also a guest? Which table would he sit at? If he is at the table of the poor, do I move over there?
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    • Jesus warns us about having ulterior motives in relation to how we act towards one another. Responding to a situation that will give the glory to us or that in some way will gratify our own needs. We must not seek reward for our actions towards others but always do what is best for them and treat them with the respect they deserve without expecting anything in return.
    • Jesus we ask that you help us to realise that we are all brothers and sisters in you. We ask that we remember that we are all loved by you unconditionally and that in you we will find our true selves.
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    • Jesus, how often my giving is corrupted by self-interest and the hope of favours in return. You gave to me without hope of return. I can do you no favours, but you taught me that love means giving without expectations, that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.
    • Jesus is saying something here about not expecting thanks. He is hinting that we do what we do out of love, out of care, out of following him. We invite people to share in what we have who have no return. He also is saying that the good we do will not be forgotten in his heart. The good we do is written in our 'book of life'. In prayer we offer what we do for God to God, knowing that this is reward enou
    • Although he promises reward, Jesus wants us to do good simply because it is good. I ask that I may recognise what is best and act with confidence.
    • Giving without hope of reward means letting go even my rational satisfaction. Sometimes I may not be sure about the best thing to do, but I ask God to strengthen my faith as I do what I can.