Nov 5 (Lk 14:12-14)

O Master, grant that I may never seek!

So much to be consoled, as to console, To be understood, as to understand

>> To be loved, as to love with all my soul..

This chorus from the Hymn of Peace, “Make me a channel” is known to most of us.

However, in our daily life, the chorus we sing is perhaps quite the opposite…

O Master, help that I may always seek for more…

>> So much to be comforted, but not to comfort others…

To make sure that I am well understood, even if I misunderstand others…

>> To receive an abundance of love, even if others are ignored in the process!

Very much, true isn’t it?

We love to give…

… but expect to be returned back in equal or more terms.

We love to donate…

… but expect to be acknowledged & given due consideration.

We love to offer…

… but expect to get back something more in return.

The Gospel of the Day is a call from Jesus to examine our attitude towards others.

We are in the 14th Chapter of St Luke.

Jesus has been invited for a dinner to the house of a leading Pharisee on a Sabbath Day.

He has just cured a person with dropsy…a disease wherein water gets retained in the body

>> He also tried to cure persons with hypocrisy…a disease wherein duplicity gets retained in the mind!

>> And now He seeks to cure the attitude of the people who have a false understanding of giving.

Jesus says, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends, or your brothers and relatives and wealthy neighbours.

>> For surely they will invite you in return and you will be repaid” (Lk 14:12)

Much of our giving is based purely on the (hidden) aspect of receiving back…

>> Much of our sharing is based purely on an (unconscious) agenda of getting back…

We share our time with friends…

… often expecting that they too will accompany us in our times of hardships and difficulties!

We work hard for our families…

… often expecting that they too will be with us in our moments of struggle & not leave us lonely!

We render service to many people who are in need…

… often expecting that they too will render us assistance in our difficulties!

We pray to God & make a lot of sacrifices…

… often expecting that He’ll meet all our expectations, in the way & time, we want!

We love many saints…

… often expecting that they’ll make faster intercession on our behalf and get our works done quickly.

We have, perhaps, become very business oriented:

>> I give, and expect returns…

>> I share, and expect a bonus…

But the Lord, in today’s Gospel comes down heavily on such an attitude.

“When you give, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind…because they cannot repay you” (Lk 14:13)

We are exhorted to give to those, who may never be able to repay back.

>> We are challenged to help those, who may never have a chance to return back the favour.

The Lord who said these words, shows us an example in the highest manner possible…

… in the Holy Eucharist.

The Holy Eucharist is the best example and model…of such kind of a giving..

A giving without expecting back…

>> A sharing without seeking back…!

The Eucharist is a banquet for us, the poor…

We who are poor in our morals and purity… We who are poor in our commitment and dedication

The Eucharist is a banquet for us, the crippled…

We who are crippled with our many sins and faults… We who are crippled with the guilt of many past failures

The Eucharist is a banquet for us, the lame…

We who are lame in our longing and thirst for the Divine… We who are lame in our acts of self-giving and self-sacrifice

The Eucharist is a banquet for us, the blind…

We who are blind to the cries of those around us… We who are blind to see our habits which needs repentance & improvement

Jesus, who gives Himself entirely in the Holy Eucharist today challenges us to do the same..,

“I give myself to you as food and nourishment… even though many people fail to thank me

Can you also give yourselves to nourish the lives of others…even if they fail to acknowledge?”

“I give myself to you in joy, happiness and peace… even though many despise and mock me

Can you also become a source of joy to others…even if they back-bite and spread calumny?”

“I give myself to you as a healing for sin and guilt… even though many hate and desecrate me.

Can you also become a healing touch to the other…even if it means dying slowly to your self slowly die in the process?”

The onus is on us…

Can we truly pray and live…

That we may never seek..

…to be consoled, as to console,

…to be understood, as to understand,

…to be loved, as to love with all my soul…..

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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