The Word Of The Lord
Sunday September 1st, 2013
GOSPEL: Luke 14: 1, 7-14 CEV
One Sabbath Jesus was having dinner in the home of an important Pharisee and everyone was carefully watching Jesus. Jesus saw how the guests had tried to take the best seats. So he told them: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the best place. Someone more important may have been invited. Then the one who invited you will come and say, ‘Give your place to this other guest!’ You will be embarrassed and will have to sit in the worst place. “When you are invited to be a guest, go and sit in the worst place. Then the one who invited you may come and say, My friend, take a better seat!’ You will then be honored in front of all the other guests If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will honored.” The Jesus said to the man who had invited him: “When you give a dinner or a banquet, don’t invited your friends and family and relatives and rich neighbors.If you do, they will invite you in return, and you will be paid back. When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. They cannot pay you back. But God will bless you and reward you when his people rise from death.”
What Does Luke Mean?
Today’s reading is one of Jesus’ parables. His intent is to make us think about why we so often seek to promote ourselves in some way. When we try to position ourselves above others, we often do so at their expense. However, our Heavenly Father sees our purpose in all that we do, and He is not impressed more by those who are rich and the powerful than He is by the person who comes to Him with a full and loving heart but with empty hands. Remember the meager gift given by the poor woman? Her simple gift, which was all she had to give, meant more to the Father that all the riches in the world! Remember Proverbs 25:6-7 RSVA, “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of the prince.”
Philippians 2:3-11 ESV
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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