We are told to humble ourselves. In today’s world, we more often than not find ourselves “choosing the places of honor at the table”, thinking that in these places we may find high regard. The admiration that we seek, I now realize, is not in the high positions where we put ourselves but it is in existence when we choose to sit at the lowest place. At a banquet, as it was told by Jesus in the gospel, when we sit at the lowest place, there is a probability of being asked to move to a higher position and so we could then enjoy the esteem from our companions, but when we sit at a place of honor when somebody else has been invited for that position, we may be asked to move down and give our seat to that person and we proceed to embarrassment.
Also, Jesus said to the host of the banquet, “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. 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.”
Every day we work very hard for something in return. We sacrifice for the things that we love, but we expect payment. We must learn now to give and not want anything in return. I think that even though we are pre-occupied with the cares of this world, we must find time to take a breather to realize that the good things in life are not the gifts that we receive in return when we do something for someone, but instead they are found in the simple fact that we do give, and we do sacrifice.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”