Jesus invites us in our Gospel today from Luke: 14:1, 7-14 to guard against
seeking honour and notoriety. In my thoughts I can convince myself that this is not a concern for me but after examination have to admit that sometimes I find myself name dropping. What is that if not seeking some kind of recognition and importance? If something I have done well goes
unnoticed I can feel hurt and unappreciated too. The Gospel speaks and has relevance to what is going on inside of us eh?
I guess a lesson for us is that it is important to be aware of the contribution and generosity of people around us and to acknowledge that contribution. However, it is important too not to seek out that recognition if our own contribution goes unnoticed and unsung.
'For everyone who exalt themselves will be humbled, and the ones who humble themselves will be exalted'.
Christ goes on to say that it is important for us to be friends of the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind, all those who have been humbled by their particular circumstances and are powerless regarding some aspects of their lives. Our friendship is based on mutuality rather than what we can get out of other people or how we can use them for our own benefit.
Being aware and accepting of our own limitations and disabilities will help us grow in humility and nurture an affirming compassionate heart for others.
Listen to 'From one broken pot to another' track 6 from 'Holy Land'
Blessings on your week.