“The Christian life is a free invitation to the banquet”

The Christian life is a free invitation to the banquet; an invitation that cannot be bought, because it comes from God and the response to which must be participation and sharing". This was the reflection suggested to Pope Francis from the Readings for the liturgy during Mass celebrated on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 at Santa Marta.

The passage from the Gospel of St Luke also gives the list of those who were invited: the poor, the lame, the blind and the crippled. Those who have problems - the Pontiff emphasised - and who are outside the normality of the city, will be the first at this banquet. But there is room also for all the others; indeed, in Matthew's version, the Gospel makes it even clearer: “Everyone, good and bad”. And from that “everyone” Pope Francis concluded that the Church is not just for good people, but also for sinners, all we sinners are invited to create a community with different gifts. A community in which everyone has a quality, a virtue, because the banquet happens by sharing with everyone what each of us has”.