Sir 3: 17-18, 20, 28-29 | Heb 12: 18-19, 22-24A | Lk 14:1 7-14
“Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto thine”
Jesus’ message was pretty straightforward…those that exalt themselves will be humbled and those that humble themselves will be exalted. That message is true for us, today. We have to stop and think…Who are we rubbing shoulders with? Do we worry about currying favor with those who hold prominent positions? Do we aspire to being “top banana” at any cost? Do we always like to be the center of attention? Is the lure of fame and fortune creating unbalance in our lives? OR,,, do we follow the example of Jesus? Jesus, who humbled Himself to walk among us, who allowed Himself to be crucified like a common criminal, who did not come to rule but to serve, who washed the feet of His disciples. Do we live out a preferential option for the poor, the sick, the physically, emotionally and spiritually needy…those on the fringes, those who others pass by on their way to the honored seats? Certainly, they are among those to whom we minister. The disciples might give some serious thought as to why we’re choosing those people. But, Jesus would say, “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto me”. (Matthew 25:40) Jesus is a King. He spoke of His Kingdom, frequently. He assured us that we have a standing invitation to join Him there…at His banquet. We should not take for granted that we deserve that invitation and with it favored seats at the table. No, we should instead be happy to enter on the coat-tails of those poor, marginalized, neglected and forgotten people. It is they who are the highly favored guests.
Pat O’Malley, Associate