When he (Jesus) noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down 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.’” (Lk 14: 7-11)

So here the Lord gives me a small lesson on etiquette. What He basically says is, Don’t make someone else’s wedding about YOU! This may seem obvious, - but still, He knows it needs to be said. It may be silly, and yet it’s so human, to turn any social occasion, as well as life in general, into a self-seeking exercise in somehow gaining honor or recognition for one’s self.

But the Lord is saying to me today: Don’t worry about that. Go and seek to honor others, putting them first, and the “host” (God) will see to the rest. It is the path of humility, which liberates me from the frustrations of self-seeking, and brings me honor at His table.

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