Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? – Good News for November 3

3 11 2008

Luke 14: 12-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.

Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” 

The Daily Path: “Hope is not a recipe for success.” – Sr. Vice President (major corporation based in California)

While I understand this exec’s point in delivering that pearl of corporate wisdom, I would offer “You can’t succeed without hope.”

And speaking of hope… Have you considered how fallout from the stock market crash is affecting the Catholic Church’s ability to offer a banquet to the needy as described by St. Luke? An article in the Pittsburgh Business Times focused on how the economic downturn has impacted local churches in PA. The article described mixed effects, including how some parishes have not seen a normal upward trend following the usual summer drop. But here’s the quote that struck me:

“Sometimes in hard times, people give more because they come back to what’s important in life. Materialism can really get in the way of our spiritual values.” – Fr. Joseph Kleppner of St. Frances Cabrini parish. 

Ain’t it the truth?