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Thursday, August 30, 2007

My reflection on the 22nd Sunday Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14, Sept.2, 2007

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, 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 everyone 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.

My reflection:

While dining at the home of one of the leading Pharisees Jesus noticed how those invited were choosing the places of honor at the table, the seats for those who are rich and powerful. Everyone wanted to be seated there! So he said to them. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor.” His admonition was a sharp rebuke to those who wanted to be seen as prominent, who wanted to flaunt their power and money, who always want to boast of the things that they do.

From the time of Jesus up to now, nothing has changed; these boastful characters are still prevalent today. Some of these characters are in fact present in the various church ministries, in government, in various charitable organizations. They always want to advertise the many things that they are doing for the church and for the poor. They want to brag to the whole world about the many humanitarian endeavors that they’re doing.

Closely looking at ourselves, oftentimes we also are guilty of trumpeting our knowledge, our accomplishment, our prominence, our supremacy and wealth.

What Jesus is telling us in the gospel is: we should not be overly concerned of the impression that we will get from others. We should not boast, we should just do things silently without selfish or personal motives. That is HUMILITY!

We better ask ourselves, do we have the virtue of HUMILITY?

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