Do we not all desire a world where there are no wars, no sufferings, no sadness, and no separation within the family? What then do we do in our own family and in our relationships with others to bring forgiveness, reconciliation and peace?
The Holy Spirit reveals to us the cause of all evils in the world: PRIDE! Let us hear it again from Ecclesiastes along with the remedy to pride: a true humility!
“The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble. There is no cure for the proud man’s malady, since an evil growth has taken root in him. The heart of a sensible man will reflect on parables; an attentive ear is the sage’s dream.” (Eccl 3)
When we have arguments at home, with our friends, at school or at our work place, peace goes away because pride reigns and not humility. What can bring peace and unity but to listen to others with an open mind and heart and to listen to God’s words: “If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.” (John 14,23) Thus, what is Jesus’ message for us in today’s Gospel?
“On a Sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour (…) for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14)
After teaching about humility as an antidote to pride, Jesus reveals that the kingdom of God is not for only a select few as some Christian Denominations believe, but for all people of good will who search for God.
‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind…” (Luke 14)
Is this not what our Lord has done with us? If Jesus invites us to live in communion with him, let us be welcoming to everyone.