On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 31, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Unspoken pride and want of honour and affirmation.

Our Lord who sees and knows everything that goes on in our hearts teaches us a great lesson in today’s Gospel that our humility before God is reflected in our humility before whom we should be serving at all times.

Have we been a little annoyed that having been invited to attend a wedding dinner of close friends or relatives, we were shown to a table at an obscure location at the very end of the ball room? Or having paid to attend a church dinner, we were seated somewhere where we could not see centrestage and with folks we were not familiar with? These and many like these are not only missed but wasted opportunities, if we do not have a clear vision of our mission to bring the love of Christ to others. For no matter where we are or in any situation, if go in Christ then we are living the joy of the Gospel. For our conversations, our whole demeanour will be focused on bringing forth and sharing in the peace, love and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We begin to understand and even relate to the good struggle St Paul speaks about in the first reading. Of wanting to fully unite ourselves with Christ Jesus our Lord in death, yet compelled to glorify Him by our lives in service of our dearly beloved brethren imparting the hope we have in Him. Amen

First reading
Philippians 1:18-26 ·
Life to me is Christ; but death would bring me more

Christ is proclaimed; and that makes me happy; and I shall continue being happy, because I know this will help to save me, thanks to your prayers and to the help which will be given to me by the Spirit of Jesus. My one hope and trust is that I shall never have to admit defeat, but that now as always shall have the courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. This weighs with me so much that I feel sure I shall survive and stay with you all, and help you to progress in the faith and even increase your joy in it; and so you will have another reason to give praise to Christ Jesus on my account when I am with you again.


Gospel
Luke 14:1,7-11
Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled

Now 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.’

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