August 28 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Luke 14:1, 7-14

8/28/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14

1 On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully.
7 He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
8 “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,
9 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.
10 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.
11 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 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.
13 Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
14 Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

8/28/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14

A person’s social status was very important during Jesus’ time. The distinction between the haves and the haves-not was very palpable especially during special occasions or parties. The poor and those with physical infirmities were always marginalized and uninvited to such gatherings.

This kind of social arrangement is very much alive in today’s society even inside the church itself. Those with power and money or both are given high recognition while the powerless and the dispossessed are marginalized and forgotten.

In the gospel reading above, Jesus was invited to the Pharisee’s home along with the affluent members of the community. As what he does everywhere, He took the occasion to teach those who have ears to hear about needs to be done for the sake of the Kingdom of God. One must not seek the praise of men but to be humble and to look after those who are humbled due to their circumstances such as poverty and physical and mental disabilities. Moreover, when doing something good, do not expect to be compensated. Allow God to be glorified in whatever you do and let Him be the one to repay you. Above all, do something for the marginalized and if possible, work for the transformation of society so that peace and justice will prevail.

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