I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, August 30, 2013

My Reflection for September 1, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 14:1, 7-14

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 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.”
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My Reflection:
One of the hardest virtues to follow is humility. For example, are we really capable of inviting the lame, the blind, the poor and the crippled to our house to share our meal without any false motivation?   If we are invited to a wedding banquet or to any feast for that matter, would we wait to have our place until our attention is called?

This seems hard to do, but this is the challenge of Jesus for all of us. To always be humble, not to push ourselves to be in the limelight. To serve the poor and the handicapped without hidden motives and without trumpeting it to high heavens.

But the problem with many of us is we love to be on the center stage, we flaunt the actions that we do for people to see, hear and know. But this is not what Jesus wants us to become, HE rather wants us to be humble and to be helpful at all times. The more that we become bigger in the eyes of the world the more that we become humble and the more that we become willing to serve the poor rather than be served.

Let us make humility as our way of life, let us not worry if  others will not notice us. Let us be content to quietly fade away and leave behind imprints of humility for our fellowmen to remember us by. …

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