Posted by: livingscripture | October 29, 2011

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.”

                                                                                                  Luke 14: 8               

How should we live this Word

 

Jesus’ exhortation is not simply a rule of good manners for the Pharisees who were overly brought to appearances at the cost of the spirit of the law.  Jesus wants to describe God’s way of acting.  He invites everyone to the eternal wedding feast.  His will is that everyone be united to Him in love and participate in the glory of His Kingdom.  However, humans are always prone to seek their own glory, to take God’s place.  Our instinct of self-esteem makes us love the first place.  Egoism and pride are the roots of every sin.

 

With this parable, Jesus makes us understand that the schemes of human greatness: possessions, power, appearing better than others, are quite different from those of God, which are humility and meekness of heart.  The proud cannot know God, ‘How can you believe, you who receive glory from each other and do not seek the glory that comes from the one God?’  (John 5: 44)  We need to be on Jesus’ side.  He is the Way that leads to the Kingdom.  He came among us as one who serves.  We must go with Jesus along the road of poverty and humility.                                                  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will consider that the last place is the one closest to God.  It is the one that Jesus, the Son of God, chose for Himself.

 

Lord Jesus, the one who chooses the last place is called ‘friend.’  How I wish to be Your friend!  Help me to become humble, aware of my littleness before You.  Take up abode in me so that I may become more like You.

The voice of a Cistercian Monk

 

He declares Himself the Covenant in person and thus demands that we ‘become’ Him if we want to enter into the Covenant to be redeemed.  The moment He offers and commands us to accept, ‘Eat, this is my body; drink, this is my blood,’ is the most efficacious means to realize our personal union with Him,

 

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