Tuesday 27 October 2015

Saturday of 30th week, uneven numbered year Samedi de la 30e semaine, année impaire

“The one who humbles himself will be raised up.”

Rm.11,1..29 Ps;41 Lk.14,1.7-11

Saturday of 30th Week, uneven numbered year

" Now it happened that on the day of Sabbath he had gone to share a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees ; and they watched him closely.Noticing how the guests picked the places of honour, he told this parable :

We are attentive to what Jesus has to say and what he is living; we want to open up ourselves to him, to his word, his gestures, his way of acting. Let us let our way of living, our way of being, be impregnated with Jesus. Allow ourselves to be influenced by Him. By our name of ’Christian’ we are like another Christ, and by this we can perceive what our right place is among our sisters and brothers. ’Noticing that the guests’… Jesus shares the life of others, he is on the same level as they are, does the same things as they do, goes to the same places as they do and on this Sabbath day he goes and shares a meal at one of the leading Pharisees house. Jesus looks at the other men there, he looks deeply at them, he is attentive to the way they live, how they situate themselves in life, and he is close to them, he listens to what they say, he reacts, enters into dialogue with them. ’ He told them this parable’. Jesus wants to instruct his neighbours through encounters, he wants to help them to situate themselves differently, to be positioned in another way. He takes a risk by telling them stories, so as to help them take a distance from themselves. Here again, the style he adopts should help us in our relationships with our brothers and sisters. The Gospel could become an incredible rule of happiness for us if we were to put it into practice. Many unhappy events occur in our lives simply because we haven’t heard the Good News. Jesus is invited to the meal and he sees the guests choose the best places :

“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, ’ Give up your place to this man. And then to your embarrassment, you will have to go and take the lowest place.”

So Jesus is saying : someone more important than yourself might have been invited, the person who invited you will be embarrassed, you too will be embarrassed. You shall be filled with shame, for since the best places will be

occupied you will have to go to the least places. You who would have liked to be first ’Whoever humbles himself will be raised.’ Choosing the best places comes about on all levels of our lives : in our personal relationships, in our studies…to be congratulated! The misery of always trying to have the best places comes from the fact that we have forgotten that the most important thing is to be, to exist under God’s Loving gaze, in his Infinite Love. We need to honour what is most fundamental in our human nature : our very existence. Our imagination tells us : ’What place am I going to have? So what rank do I have, what is my degree of holiness! Our way of imagining things has us leave what is most essential, in order to have ’the first place’ and I no longer honour what I am, quite simply. ’Lord, I don’t have a lofty gaze, nor a proud heart, I haven’t choses great designs beyond me. No, I keep my soul in silence, close to you, my God, ’says the psalmist.

“No, when you are a guest, make yourself to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes he may say, ’My friend, move up higher.’ then everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who raises himself up ill be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.”

Jesus speaks like this in a gentle manner - he is in what he says, he offers himself up and he will pay with his life for what he says. It is He himself who will be humbled in order to then become raised up to the highest heights. And so Jesus touches us and he has us enter into his proposals. He frees us from what was keeping us captive, his Word is Truth. When we try to put it into work it has us feel like we are upright human beings, it opens us up to true life. Happiness is to give thanks to God for all we have that is immense. The simple fact of existing in God’s gaze, knowing that we are infinitely beautiful is such a beautiful reality! We can honour the fact that we dwell in Love with him, God who will develop even more His Love in me. My joy and my grace is not to imagine what my place will be but rather to honour the Infinite Love that God gives me in existence, life and being. To honour the relationship of Love with him ’all the rest will be given on top of this’. ’Jesus had chosen so much the last place that nobody will ever be able to take it away from him.’ It will be a joy for the one who will have invited you and it will be a joy for you and for all the guests.

We ask Mary to obtain for us the grace to choose the last place, wherever Jesus is, so as to remain with Him in this Joy.