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  • Fr. Howard Thompson

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Today we are invited to ponder three qualities expected of a disciple. Each of us should prayerfully seek guidance in executing any or all three actions that Jesus calls us to observe (Lk. 14:12-14): 1. The virtue of hospitality. Disciples are expected to think of others and invite them to share their resources. For those who are rich, real food and a friendly place can be extended. But for the wealthy or poor disciple, everyone is expected to make ‘room’ in the heart for others, and ‘feed’ them with love, mercy and kindness for their benefit. 2. The dignity of the underprivileged. If we only recognize the people who belong to our family, group, race, culture and other similar traits, we limit our ability to love. Jesus calls us to see the beauty in others, especially the poor, blind, lame and marginalised. By our choosing to see Christ in all, we will then be inspired to love them as He does. 3. Share without seeking reward. It is human to expect to be thanked when we do something for others. Some even desire to be acclaimed and acknowledged in the public forum. But Jesus exhorts us to do the good without expecting return in this life. Our God sees our heart and all the good we intend, say and do. Ultimately, Christ is our reward. Lord Jesus, may we constantly grow as your disciples, so that the love we show and the good we do, may lead us to our heavenly reward. Amen.


Fr. Howie


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