Pastors Desk: Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

Posted 31st August 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 1st September 2019 - Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

feastIn Today’s gospel we hear how Jesus has gone to the house of one of the leading Pharisees in the community. They eagerly watch him and listen to what he has to say.

At the banquet, Jesus is not impressed by some guests who were pushing themselves forward and manoeuvring their way to get a place of honour at the table. He immediately comments about how important good manners are when we are invited as a guest to someone’s home. Here he is alluding to the eternal banquet in the kingdom of heaven.

The Pharisees were supposed to be simple pastors, but they always sought the places of honour and enjoyed the attention of others. When they held a banquet themselves, they only invited the rich and the powerful to join them. Put quite bluntly, they were big hypocrites.

We live in a world of power and privilege that often sees an expression humility as a sign of weakness or poor self-image. Only those who push themselves forward will survive according to that notion. But humility is an attempt to try and see ourselves as God sees us. It’s about taking stock of ourselves not in a boastful or proud way, but in the light of God’s grace.

Our lives only have true meaning when we are sincere in relation to God. It is the key that opens the gate of heaven for us.

God rejects the proud and raises up the humble. We should always pay heed to the words of Jesus today: ”For anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Fr. Gerry