..and Jesus went on to tell a story
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you, may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you ‘Friend move up higher, then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted
Luke 14:1, 7-14
How often to we see something like this in our daily lives? Maybe not exactly at social functions or wedding banquets (as mentioned in the above parable) but in life in general. Everyone is up there wanting to show themselves of – wealth, status, position etc.
So what is it then, that makes people feel they are better than others?
If I have to pin point on one word, I would have to say PRIDE. Pride is nothing but a feeling of deep pleasure derived from ones own achievements – in lay man’s language – I am BOSS – the alpha and omega.
I’m sure it wasn’t a huge problem back in the days of when the scriptures were written, but TODAY, more so in this world we live in – it is very prevalent, and if you find yourself in this position – it will be very hard to recognize yourself and needless to say, this post will not even make sense to you.
“Pride is the only disease that makes everyone sick except the one who has it”
On the other hand, Humility does not necessarily mean being submissive, but in the revelation of how I treat others, it is in not having a poor self image of ourselves and at the same time, we respect and honor others more than we think of ourselves as important to another.
At Sunday mass yesterday, the priest gave us a very good homily, which I truly enjoyed listening to. I wish I could have remembered more of what he said. However, this post is my take on the above parable.
The Holy Bible is made up of such wonderful little stories for each and every one of us. I’ve read a few and I hope I can share these wonderful ones with all of you, from time-to-time.
This is my first attempt on writing my thoughts based on a bible passage. My mother was pleasantly surprised when I asked for the bible this morning.. my dad doesn’t know (shhh don’t tell him.. I don’t want him to raise his expectations of me)