This week the readings come from Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Psalm 68; the Letter to the Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a; and Luke’s gospel 14:1, 7-14. As you can notice we skip around a lot in the readings today.
The focus of the readings this week is Humility. We hear in Sirach that when we humble ourselves we will find ourselves in the favor of God. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel by saying that when you are invited to a party don’t recline at the head table for there might be a more important guest coming and you don’t want to be embarrassed by assuming that you are the most important person at the party. Jesus suggests sitting at the lowest position where the host can raise you up to a higher position at the table. Although I don’t really understand the ancient dining customs, but it sort of sound like don’t think too highly of yourself. Like if someone invited you over bring something with you, don’t go empty handed. Humility is a thing we could you a whole bunch of in the world today where it seems like half the population cares more about themselves then there own neighbor. As CS Lewis said “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Jesus himself in Matthew’s gospel tells us to become like little children as they are simple and humble. Let us all remember this and try to be simple and humble in this upcoming week, following in the steps of Francis of Assisi who was the most humble Saint of them all.