Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for September 1, 2019.
Description: Luke 14:1,7-14 from the readings of the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time raises the question: What are my expectations (my motivations) when I do good? How other-centered are they? How self-centered? If benefiting others is done for the sake of receiving something in return, our motive is not Christ-like.
Jesus explains this with the example of inviting to a banquet those who cannot return the favor. He’s not saying that we have to do this to be holy. That interpretation would be too literal; it misses the point. The real message is that whatever we do, we should do it for the sake of love, rather than for repayment, i.e., for our own gain. We should do good to others for the sake of the benefit it will give to them. This seems like a no-brainer, but stop for a minute to think about how much you’d like to be thanked and appreciated. What else do you hope to get from the good you do?
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, youth groups, adult faith formation, SCCs, RCIA, etc.