Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The parables found in the gospel reading remind us to humble ourselves and to serve those who cannot reciprocate—to invite “the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” Through both of these actions, we imitate the example of Jesus who humbled himself and served us, giving his very life for us.
The first reading this weekend, from Sirach also reminds us of the importance of humility: “Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.” While this message may be counter-cultural in today’s world, it is the way of life to which we are called to live.
Gospel Luke 14: 1, 7-14
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 every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”