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.”
(Luke 14:1, 7-11)
14:1 one of the leading Pharisees Jesus’ third meal with a Pharisee in Luke’s Gospel (compare 7:36; 11:37). they were observing him Others at the dinner were looking for a way to publicly discredit Jesus.
14:7 the places of honor The prominent seats where attendees were highly visible and likely close to the host or other distinguished guests.
14:10 Then you will enjoy the esteem In contrast to the shame of having to move from the place of honor to a lower place, a guest who chooses a less distinguished seat will be honored when the host elevates him or her to a better position.
14:11 will be exalted Implies being exalted by God. Jesus consistently teaches a reversal of expectations (compare 9:48; 13:30; 18:14).
Humility is so necessary for salvation that Jesus takes every opportunity to stress its importance. Here he uses the attitudes of people at a banquet to remind us again that it is God who assigns the places at the heavenly banquet.
“Together with humility, the realization of the greatness of man’s dignity—and of the overwhelming fact that, by grace, we are made children of God—forms a single attitude. It is not our own efforts that save us and give us life; it is the grace of God. This is a truth which must never be forgotten.”
– St Josemaría Escrivá, Christ Is Passing By
May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.