Gospel Reading and Thoughts for Sept. 1, 2013

Gospel – Luke 14:1, 7-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,Jesus at pharasees house
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

 

Humility.  In this gospel, Jesus is calling us all to humility.  Being humble can be very challenging to live as well as teach to our children.  Oftentimes, when we are humble and put others’ needs ahead of our own, we can feel unappreciated and maybe even taken advantage of.  And the rewards of humility are not evident – in fact it is the exact opposite.  With our humility comes a lack of credit for hard work done.  However, we must remember that not a single act of kindness goes unnoticed by our Lord and God.  He sees all the good that we do in His name.  And with every act of humility, for every selfless act of service, we store up riches in Heaven.  That is where we pray to ultimately be exalted as a good and faithful servant.

 

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