"But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."Luke 14:13-14
With numerous days spent in cancer treatment centers over the last two years, I’ve become more aware of the needs of others. While I drive to and from appointments, it seems like the down-and-out are more visible. I see them daily on street corners with all their belongings packed into shopping carts, large trash bags or backpacks. The needs of the poor, disabled and homeless are great. But they are not forgotten by a compassionate Savior.
As an invited dinner guest of a Pharisee, Jesus exhorted the man and his guests to invite the poor and physically disabled instead of the usual well-to-do friends and neighbors. He said those who do this will be blessed because they cannot be reciprocated in any way. Their repayment would come at the resurrection of the righteous. Jesus proved the certainty of that resurrection when God raised Him from the dead. When we meet our Savior at the end of our days, we will be repaid, too, for the generosity and compassion we have shown to others. Whom will you invite to the banquet?
Easter is a perfect time to invite to the banquet someone you might not otherwise invite.