Monday, the 31st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Nicholas Tavelic, Deodat of Rodez
Peter of Narbonne, and Stephen of Cuneo
Readings for today’s Mass
Have you ever been out for an evening with friends when everyone is having a good time and then the bill comes? Have you ever thought to yourself "Whose turn is it to pay?" Or maybe you keep track and now you are thinking it's his or her turn. Maybe it's like my family where everyone fights for the bill, but everyone keeps track of who never wins! If you lose too many times you're not invited anymore.
On the one hand, this can be a display of our generosity. But at the same time there is the expectation that everyone else will take a shot at being generous. On the other hand, it's a way of making sure i'm never indebted to anyone so i can never allow someone to treat, even if i have to pay.
This is the point of today's gospel. Jesus was invited to a party. Surely he noticed who was there and who was not, so he gave the host a bit of free advice on what kingdom building is like. At your next party, he said, don't invite just the folks who will pay you back with an invitation to their parties. Rather, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. That's how to throw a party. Did you catch what he just said? Blessed are you because of their inability . . .
Some would call this radical hospitality. The Methodists have a good understanding of it: “Radical hospitality” requires intentional invitation and welcome. It goes beyond greeters at the door and handshakes during worship to welcome every person as an honored guest. That is what Jesus is asking of his Pharisee dinner host today. What will you do with that bit of free advice?