Jesus said: “When you give a dinner or a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” Undoubtedly one of the most difficult passages in the Bible. (We find this in Luke 14:12-14.) Difficult because we don’t do it. (Although, some of us incorporate this practice in our Christian .) Here is another difficult reminder from Paul that is a hard pill to swallow. Paul says, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (Hebrews 13: 3). Both these sets of verses are from our Lectionary Reading for this week. Indeed a very difficult and challenging week for all of us.
Are you regularly visiting those who are in prison, and do you invite the poor and powerless into your family table? May the Lord help you as you continue to obey Him.
“I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:36)