Quotations:

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

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Reflection for Sunday August 28, 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 inited 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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Reflection:
What is the advantage of a humble person over an egotistical person? The humble person never competes with anyone he is always peaceful. He does things quietly without trumpeting it to anyone. The humble one can calmly walk away from anyone without resentment even those who’ve hurt him.

 If the person that he loves has betrayed his love for her. The humble person can also quietly muster enough strength to silently leave behind his beloved and evaporate with the sunset to permanently fade away from her sight.

In the gospel for this Sunday Jesus talks about humility. Jesus tells us that if we are invited into a wedding banquet or any banquet for that matter. We should choose to seat at the back and not in the place of honor, not because we feel inferior or we have an inferiority complex.  We seat at the back for this is the right action to do, afterwards if the host would call our attention to be seated elsewhere then we should humbly follow.

What if for example a person is egotistical could he/she be converted to have the virtue of humility? Yes absolutely! He/she could be converted provided that he would be ready to follow the leadings of Jesus in his life.

This is for the reason that Jesus would always want us to be humble. And the virtue of humility if this is present in a person’s life could become his/her walkway towards Jesus.    

Strive to be humble and ask Jesus to make you humble for nothing is impossible for Him. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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