Invite the Poor–Get Out of Your Bubble

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
Luke 14:12-14

This an instruction not on dinner parties but on escaping the comfortable bubbles we live in. When someone tells me how bad Muslims, or gays are, I want to know: how many do you know?   When someone complains about illegal immigrants, I want to know: how many illegal immigrants have actually done work for you?

I ask myself these same questions as a way of escaping my little bubbles.  Any fool can be cordial to their own kind, and we don’t need Jesus to be a fool.  So, today, listen to what makes your own heart uncomfortable.  And then, get out of the bubble and get to know some folks.  They need you, too.

Bob Patrick


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