Readings: Phil. 1:18b-26 | Ps. 42:2-5 | Lk. 14:1, 7-11
Jesus is still being closely observed by the Pharisees. Jesus notices that some people coming to the Sabbath celebration are choosing the “best seats.” Jesus tells us that we should not be seeking to be noticed and to take the best places at the table. Rather we should be humble and take the lesser seats. If we are to move up higher, we will be invited to do so. This applies to our daily lives. Whether at work or with friends, we should do what we are doing, out of love. If we are motivated by love, we will not be concerned with being noticed and recognized. Our work will indeed be noticed by God who will reward us. Paul is talking about his life and what has motivated him. “For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.” Paul has everything in the right perspective, that is, for love of God. We are called to imitate Christ in living for and out of love for God. This is not always easy to do in our world that puts self first. To put Christ and love of God first, is counter cultural.
Spend some time with Christ and Paul today. Ask for the grace to see what aspects of your life are lived for God and what aspects are lived for self. Find one area of your life to change. Ask God for the grace to change that area and take concrete steps to do so. Be sure to build in evaluation time.