READ : Luke 14:7-11
In our parable Jesus tells of a man who, seeing an empty seat at the head table of a prestigious wedding, quickly sits down and gives the appearance of belonging there. Associating and identifying with people of power and position has ever been a way of proclaiming one’s importance in the community. However, in this story the man who chose the seat at the head table was recognized as one who did not belong there and therefore was ordered to the back of the room. It was a humiliating and an embarrassing experience. How much better, suggests our Lord, to take the lowest place, and then be invited by the host to move up to the head table.
Humility, what a rare coin in a world of social, economic, political and even religious ladders; in a world of intense competition where people need constantly to prove themselves; in a world where aggressiveness and assertiveness are taught as necessary for survival. But it was our Lord who said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). Humility makes for happiness because humility makes one lovable, teachable, moldable, usable to the King and His Kingdom. When was the last time you took a reading with the thermometer of humility?
God, grant me true humility in all I do and say today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.