Luke 13:22-30 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time August 21, 2022 Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
August 20, 2022
Luke 14:25-33 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 4, 2022 If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
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Luke 14:1, 7-14 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 28, 2022 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

A. Text/Context
• The gospel today tells us of the parable of the invited guests
• During the time of Jesus there were existing social rules that govern the norms of hospitality
• In Palestine at that time, inviting people is really a practice or a show of the economic status of the one who will host the invitation
• It goes like this: If one invites and the one invited graced the occasion; that person must be ready to invite back in the future
• That is why if somebody from the middle class for example invites a poor or an ordinary Jew in the street, most of the time the invitation is declined
• It is very common to refuse invitation because they are aware that the hospitality must also be returned back or reciprocated in the future
• Those who cannot afford will have to refuse because it has financial consequences
• And now the gospel is saying those who are invited want to have a seat in the places of honor. Why?
• Because it is a higher social status if you sit in front
• Now here comes Jesus attending a banquet and telling the guests this parable… when you attend a wedding banquet do not occupy the highest seat
• So, in the gospel Jesus breaks the rules; rather even if you are so honorable as a guest you can stay even at the back, out of humility
• In other words, Jesus breaks all the norms of the social protocols in order to teach to the people the value of humility
• Jesus suggests the opposite: occupy the lowest position and from there you will be elevated to sit in a more distinguished position
• Jesus suggests everyone to be humble because from there in our humility Jesus will elevate us to sit with him

B. Human Situation
• The practical application of today’s gospel message in our life as Christians is really the recognition of our sinfulness, our limitations, our shortcomings, our mistakes in humility
• The sins that we commit make us wretched or unworthy before the eyes of God
• But if we humble ourselves before God; accept our sins with sorrow and remorse, God will forgive us and elevate us from the pit of destruction
• In this parable of the invited guests, Jesus suggests to the people to invite everyone: the poor, the lame, the crippled
• This means that the invitation to be humble is an invitation to reconcile with all those who wronged us; those relationships that have soured because of pride
• That means, we ask forgiveness to all those whom we have wronged and also grant forgiveness to those who have wronged us
• I tell you, the happiest person in this world are people who have been forgiven, and people who give forgiveness
• And I always reiterate this in my homilies that if it is really difficult to forgive at the very moment, then let the time pass, later on you can already forgive because the passage of time can also heal us
• It is unthinkable that 5, 10, 15, 20 years have already passed by and still, you find it difficult to forgive
• Our experience is that you do not feel the same anger you felt as it was 10 years ago. There is a healing that occurs with the passage of time
• Something is wrong when throughout all those long years your heart still burns with rancor, anger, and hatred and you will never be happy

C. Challenge
• The challenge for us today is that we are reminded that there is humility in asking for forgiveness for the wrongs we did to others
• And there is also humility in giving or granting forgiveness to those who have wronged us
• Those who humble themselves before God will be elevated in their lowliness to sit with the Father in his kingdom
• Those who do not, will remain in the darkness of pride and sin and they do not even see the single ray of heaven
• Humility rewards us in the end

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Luke 14 verse 1, 7-14

Luke 14 verse 1, 7-14

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