Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sir. 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 | Ps. 68:4-7, 10-11 | Heb. 12:18-19, 22-24a  |  Lk. 14:1, 7-14 

Humility is the backdrop of all of these readings.  Paul’s letter to the Hebrews reminds us who God is and who we are in relation to God.  Paul also reminds us that Jesus is our mediator who stands before God on our behalf.  The sacrifice that Jesus made speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.  The first reading calls us to be the person we were created to be.  By so doing, we will find favor with God.  Jesus continues this thought when He tells the parable of the wedding banquet.  Knowing that many are invited to a feast, we should take the lower seat so that the host may invite us higher if he is so inclined.  If we take a higher seat at first, we may have to be asked to move down and will be embarrassed.

What we are called to in all these readings is to recognize the fact that God has created each person.  As such, no one is greater than the other.  We must be willing to take any position in the kingdom, servant or not.  If we live out of this spirit, giving our lives to God, God will prepare the place for us at the table.  Take time to be with Christ who gave His life for us.  How do you walk in His footsteps?  In what way is God calling you to walk humbly with Him?

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