Posted by: livingscripture | October 30, 2010

Thirtieth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

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.”

                                                       Luke 14: 8-10                 

How should we live this Word

This is a lively scene.  On a Sabbath, Jesus enters into the home of an important person, a leading Pharisee.  The guests’ eyes are fixed on the Teacher.  Jesus observes the guests as they arrive and nonchalantly hurry to the first places at table.  He says, ‘when you are invited to a wedding, do not take the place of honor.’  The reason He gives is clear to everyone.  If a person of higher rank than you comes, the host will ask you to cede your place.  What a humiliation!  Jesus presses on as usual and bares all the false longings of our swelled pride which make us lose our true selves.  

Jesus repeats what He has already said elsewhere, ‘those who humble themselves will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled.’  The ‘usefulness’ of choosing the last place lies here.  The last place is humility; not a humility that is a hypocritical talking badly of oneself while thinking we are better than others are.  This is only fear of the judgment of others, fear of knowing ourselves and loving ourselves as we are.  It is a disrespectful comparison of ourselves with others.  Blessed is the day on which I understand that the last place is the place of my peace!  I feel right there because this is where God placed Himself.  ‘He did not disdain to empty Himself of His divine nature, assuming the nature of a servant.’  ‘Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.’                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit for the courage to be interiorly ‘true’.  What do I desire above all else?  On what am I playing out my life?  What counts for me, appearances or being? 

Lord, free me from the desire to make a good impression and receive the applause of others.  Grant me Your Love that I may play out my whole life for Your love alone.

The voice of Dwight L. Moody, Witness

God has two thrones.  One is in the highest heavens and the other in the humblest of hearts.

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