The Gospel of the Day – 2016.08.28
The Place of Honor
On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’
Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’
Service to God
Remember yourself, you too are a sinner. No matter how great you think you are, or how virtuous and humble, how pious; you are sinner.
Be patient with others, and mindful of this at all times. Be watchful for the opportunities that come your way to serve others. Behold the stranger, the alien, the poor, the diseased, the criminal, the threat; behold them, and see the divinity that lies within them, the seed of the word of God that animates them. Yield to their divinity with a contrite heart, asking forgiveness for all of the pain and the hurt you have caused.
This is the way of God.
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time