Monday, November 24
Luke 14 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Ruth Smeltzer wrote, “You have not lived a perfect day unless you’ve done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Questions for reflection:
What might you do today for someone who will never be able to repay you? How do you need to be prepared for this sort of openness to others?
Sunday, November 23
2 Corinthians 5 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God
In his book Where God Happens, Rowan Williams writes, “We love with God when and only when we are the conduit for God’s reconciling presence with the person next to us.”
Question for reflection:
Is there a person “next to you” to whom God is calling you to be reconciled today?