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Humility is a true virtue

Humility is a true virtue

September 2, 2007 is the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Gospel: 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." (Luke 14:1, 7-14).
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet is found only in Luke. Jesus was invited at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. A Pharisee is a member of one of the three major religious societies of Judaism at the time of the New Testament (the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes). The Pharisees emphasized the strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic Law in both its oral and written form.
Professor John J Pilch made the following observation. "In Jesus' Mediterranean world meals were very powerful means of communication. For this reason, most meals were attended by people of the same social rank. By inviting Jesus to dine at his house indicated that the Pharisees accepted Jesus as a social equal. Behavior at these meals is very important.

(To be concluded on Sunday.)


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