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August 28, 2016: Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Mother Theodore’s sabots, or gardening shoes, are on display.On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing Him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been the 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 the table at 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 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 the companions at the table.
For everyone 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 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)

Reflection:

Jesus is/was concerned for the poor but also for the rich who need to be humble. Do you know who you are in Christ?

Action:

How can you put others first this week?
Ask God to help you to better understand humility and to help you to be more humble.

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Marilyn Kirschten

Marilyn Kirschten is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence. Marilyn lives in a northern suburb of Chicago. She is a graduate of Marywood, Evanston and is involved in multiple ministries in her parish, Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, Ill.

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