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Monday, November 4, 1996

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St. Charles Borromeo

Philippians 2:1-4
Psalm 131
Luke 14:12-14

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what if jesus is right again?

"When you have a reception, invite beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind." — Luke 14:13

The welfare system is not working. Thank God it's keeping people alive. However, it's not setting them free. It may even be enslaving and conditioning people in a generational cycle.

The nuclear family isn't working. Thank God for marital faithfulness in a society of broken promises, broken families, and broken hearts. Yet the nuclear family is not thriving. It is struggling merely to survive.

What if the nuclear family became an extended family — even a Christian community? What if welfare was not a government program? What if family hospitality took the place of welfare? What if Jesus intends today's Gospel reading to be taken literally? What if Jesus is right again about loving the poor, offering hospitality, being family, and living life?

Are you trying to share meals with "beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind"? (Lk 14:13) Are you caring for the poor in a hands-on way? Are you caring for your brothers and sisters in Christ in a practical way?

If we lived in Christian community as described in Acts of the Apostles, maybe we would do the acts of the apostles in feeding and freeing the poor. Jesus is right.

Prayer:  Father, may my love for the poor open me to living in practical Christian community.

Promise:  "I beg you: make my joy complete by your unanimity, possessing the one love, united in spirit and ideals." —Phil 2:1-2

Praise:  Charles helped the Church proclaim the Gospel through his involvement in composing the Roman Catechism following the Council of Trent.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996