Reciprocity: a mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges. (World English Dictionary).
I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine. This is one of the oldest understandings of human behavior. We seek relationships where we aren't constantly giving without receiving anything back. Ideally, we get back more than we put into it.
Are relationships more than just another commodity to be exchanged?
Jesus is challenging us to be people above the social fray and to value people for more than just what we can get out of them.
To place ourselves at the bottom rung of the social ladder is not meant to be done in a self-deprecating way but is more likely taking ourselves out of the game-playing that people like to do. I refuse to define myself by how others see me and I am trying to give others the same consideration.
Maybe this is part of what it means when the guest said to Jesus, "Happy are those who will feast in God's kingdom."
|No pressure, right?|