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Here is today’s Gospel: ‘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 kinsmen or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”’

St Cyril of Alexandria commented: ‘The lesson therefore which He teaches us is love unto the poor, which is a thing precious in the sight of God. Do you feel pleasure in being praised when you have any friends of relatives feasting with you? I tell you of something far better: angels shall praise your bounty, and the rational powers above, and holy men as well: and He too shall accept it Who transcends all, and Who loves mercy and is kind’.

Today let us open ourselves to the kindness of God, whose gaze rests lovingly upon us at every moment, and especially when we step out of our ‘comfort zone’ to give where it hurts. May He who is Love himself bless you and keep you this day.