Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (29th October, 2016) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)

Phil 1:18-26;
Ps 41:2-3.5. (R. v. 3);
Lk 14:1.7-11.
Topic: Consider others.
Jesus went to a Pharisee’s house for a meal in today’s gospel. He watched how the guests scrambled for places of honour. Jesus therefore advised them not to take the place of honour when invited for a wedding banquet to avoid being asked to vacate the place for someone more distinguished.
But why do people scramble for places of honour? They include pride, fear of uncertainty, and so on. I would like us to consider only the fear of uncertainty; not being sure that those at the lower places can get anything.
Whenever people have the opportunity of taking directly from anything common, many do either forget that it is qualified by common or the meaning of common. At public functions for instance, it is not uncommon to see people take food, meat, drinks, and so on as if they are for them alone. Those who handle public coffers are even worse because they do not suppose to touch it.
Today’s gospel challenges us to consider our brothers and sisters always. Should everyone be conscious of feelings of others, the rush for places of honour among other things will drop.
Bible Reading: Phil 2:1-11.
Thought for today: Consider the common good.
Let us pray: God give us a heart that will understand the needs of others – Amen.

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