First Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm Response: Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24A
Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14
The readings this weekend speak to us about humility.
Whenever I hear or read this particular Gospel from Luke, I am reminded of St. Christopher Parish in Indianapolis where they have this beautiful life size sculpture of the Last Supper. Jesus is sitting at the table waiting for others to join him in prayer and conversation or perhaps a picnic lunch. Having visited this parish and having had the opportunity to sit at this table for some time of prayer, I can remember how difficult it was for me to decide where I would want to be seated. The Gospel of the day says, “Do not recline at table in the place of honor.” I can remember walking around the table before selecting my spot…would I want to sit next to Jesus where I could rub shoulders, would I want to sit across from Jesus where I would have direct eye contact with him, or would I want to be on one of the ends or corners where I would sort of be lost in the crowd but visible to everything going on at the table? In the case of the Last Supper, what would Jesus have considered the “lowest place” or the “highest place of honor”?
Questions for Reflection:
After reading today’s Gospel and reflecting on the photo, where would you choose to sit?
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the many ways you have blessed my life. I may not always select the “lowest place” of honor at the banquets of life provided to me, but I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to break bread with others. As I gather at future tables, may I be more attentive to those who congregate and less focused on choosing the spot with the best view. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Jane Schaefer, Associate