Pope Francis invited 4 homeless men to join him as he celebrated his 77th birthday on December 17.The Pope celebrated morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae for the staff of that …
***Luke 14:  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 neighbors, 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.”
From the article…
***Among the birthday greetings that he received during the day, the Pope was expected to draw special pleasure from a visit by representatives of the San Lorenzo football club, of which he is a longstanding member. The Argentine club is celebrating a league championship. ***
The San Lorenzo Football Club was started in a very poor neighborhood by a priest who allowed the children to use Church property to play soccer. One of the first things he asked when he became Pope was for the club to bring him the championship.
The club says that the Pope “Pays his dues religiously.”
This Pope is great at setting us all a good example.