Friday, October 28, 2016
Saturday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
29 October 2016
Saturday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Phil 1:18b – 26 / Lk 14:1, 7 – 11
From the 1st Reading: Phil 1: 21- 26
For to me, to live is Christ, and even death is profitable for me. But if I am to go on living, I shall be able to enjoy fruitful labor. Which shall I choose? So I feel torn between the two. I desire greatly to leave this life and to be wih Christ, which will be better by far, but it is necessary for you that I remain in this life. And because I am convinced of this, I know that I will stay and remain with you for your progress and happiness in the faith. I will surely come to you again, and give you more reason for being proud of belonging to Christ Jesus.
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 14: 7 - 11
Jesus then told a parable to the guests, for he had noticed how they tried to take the places of honor. And he said, "When you are invited to a wedding party, do not choose the best seat. It may happen that someone more important than you has been invited, and your host, who invited both of you, will come and say to you: 'Please give this person your place.' What shame is yours when you take the lowest seat!
"Whenever you are invited, go rather to the lowest seat, so that your host may come and say to you: 'Friend, you must come up higher.' And this will be a great honor for you in the presence of all the other guests. For whoever makes himself out to be great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be raised."
Many years ago I was a bridesmaid for a wedding. It was my first time and I was excited about it. During the reception I sat at a table that was near the presidential table because I read on the internet about the seating arrangements for wedding receptions. I felt so good and important until my uncle came over and told me to sit with my cousins because that table was for their VIP guests.
It is normal for us to want to be acknowledged. This is a very human trait. However, our Gospel reading today teaches a different way of thinking – humility. Being humble is something that is far from our nature and according to Jesus it is closest to God's nature. Living a humble life doesn't necessarily mean depriving ourselves of pleasures. It just allows us to focus on what is truly valuable and remain rooted in the truth.
We should not be offended if we are told to take a lower place, do a menial job, receive a correction, etc. Being humble is good for us because it reminds us that only Jesus is perfect and great. Yet he was the most humble of all and often showed this in his actions.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Ace M. Santos
Peter Jude T. Alvarez
Rafael & Jeni C. Soon
For the successful surgery, healing and recovery of Dea Cepeda.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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