Posted by: livingscripture | October 31, 2015

30th Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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…Rather…go and take the last lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted’. ”     

(Luke 14: 1, 7-11)

How should we live this WordAlta-sinergia-ok[1]

 Today’s Gospel presents Jesus as an acute observer, as one who is amusing Himself as He contemplates the scene of the guests in competition among themselves to take the first places.  He uses this occasion to create a parable that places humility at the center, not only as a rule of etiquette, but as a fundamental law of the Kingdom.

The Lord emphasizes an aspect of Christian holiness that is unexpected and that we can state this way: to ascend in holiness we must descend!  Jesus tells us that the road ascending to perfection in reality is taken descending, by going to the last place.  This is both reassuring and demanding.  It is reassuring because we are not asked to do difficult climbs as those who scale mountains.  We are only asked to go humbly to the lowest place.  Everyone is capable of going to the last place!  But it is also very demanding because that strongly goes against our self-love and egoism, which do not allow us to go beneath the level we pretend to have.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help relish the last place so as to rise with Him.

Holy Mary of the Magnificat, you were with humility and magnanimity, the servant of the Lord. Give us your availability to serve God and the salvation of the world.  Open our heart to the immense prospects of God’s Kingdom and of the proclamation of the Gospel to every creature.

 The Voice of St. Augustine

 If you are thinking of building the edifice of holiness, first prepare the foundation of humility.  The larger the size and the higher one wishes to build, the deeper must the foundation be.  As the building is being raised, the one digging the foundation must go lower and lower.  Thus, even a construction must go lower before going higher.

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