More than a plea to social manners and common courtesy, Jesus teaches the basics of Humility and of Welcoming those to dinner who cannot return the favor. Thus, such a dinner is not cooked for obligation sake so as to repay a social or dinner invitation debt;
rather, the dinner is offered out of generosity of heart. Such a person is a just person, pure and unhindered by selfish background noise.
Our Catholic identity is Universal and Apostolic. This means purity of intention towards all, and, as servants being sent, to help restore the foundational dignity of those who either are hungry due to violence or other such circumstances or are without resources because they won’t take responsibility for their own lives. Some need to be called to responsibility.
Better to work together to provide a needed appliance for an unemployed battered mother of three, while also providing counseling for the husband in jail, than to say: “I’m above all this and besides, I really don’t want to get involved.”
In God’s loving kindness,
—fr. Chris, O.P.