Something to think about | “Sometimes those of us who have more power, more money, more time, or more knowledge bend down to those have less power, less knowledge, or less wealth; there is a movement from the ‘superior’ to the ‘inferior.’ When people are generous they are in control. You can imagine someone in the street falling down and you going to help that person to get up. Then something happens. As you listen to that person you become friends. Perhaps you discover that he or she is living in squalor and has little money. You are not just being generous, you are entering into a relationship which will change your life. You are no longer in control. You have become vulnerable; you have come to love that person. . . .
“Jesus says when you give a meal don’t invite the members of your family, your friends, or rich neighbors. When you give a really good meal, a banquet, invite the poor, the disabled, and the blind and you will be blessed (Luke 14). In biblical language to give a meal is to become a friend. So Jesus is asking us to come up from behind the walls of our group and open our hearts to those who have been marginalized because of their poverty, because of their handicaps, and become their friend. In the heart of Christ there is a yearning to bring people together to meet as friends. To make that move from generosity to communion of hearts will imply a new way of living. It will imply a transformation, because we will have lost power.”