Reflection on Luke 14:1, 7-11 ~
Years ago in numerous business situations I was one of the guests of honor and unfortunately I acted that way, going straight to the host expecting I was to sit near him. In my lengthy conversion process I now prefer the posture of being very approachable, always presuming God is placing me where I am supposed to be. I have been amazed more often than not, when grace, like water taking the shape of the container, produces a faith-filled conversation.
Luke 14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.
Humility and Hospitality
7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 14:1, 7-11.