LUKE 14:1, 7-11
On a Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully.
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. 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,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
THEY WERE CHOOSING THE PLACES OF HONOR. Jesus observes how the invited guests of a leading Pharisee are scrambling for places of honor at the banquet. Jesus teaches a lesson on how to be humble. Based on the parable, we can make some recommendations.
First, we should let go of our self-importance. It makes us think we have the right to occupy seats of honor.
Second, academic attainment, blood relations, and office position should not lead us think we are special in the event. We must humbly ask the host or ushers where we can be seated. Going straight to preferred vacant seats can cause us embarrassment, even when the host will politely ask us to give way to more distinguished guests.
We Christians should be humble at all times. If we are not, because of our personality and upbringing, by virtue of our baptism we must consciously humble ourselves. We should not use our accomplishments or connections to get into the limelight. That is for the politicians and showbiz personalities who hunger for media coverage.
Christians choose not places of honor but opportunities where they can be in solidarity with the poor and ordinary people. Jesus chose to be born in a humble family and in a lowly place, not in a royal palace or court where even the dishonorable can be called “Your Honor.”
Avoid being put to shame, but humble yourself.
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