Readings: Sir 3:17-29; Luke 14:7-14
Today’s first reading and Gospel emphasise the importance of humility. Humility is the polar opposite of the game of ‘looking good’ – a game that continues to be played to this day. A humble person is not one who doesn’t know their worth. Rather, a humble person is one who knows their worth but isn’t so insecure that they need to trumpet their presence.
While humility has benefits for the person, it also has benefits for those in need. If I am humble and not puffed up, I am more likely to see and act upon the difficulties that others around me face. In that way we will be able to do as Jesus asks in the Gospel, making a place at the table for those who are poor, crippled, lame or blind. If such a list were to be written today, it would include those on the margins today such as refugees, First Nations people and those who are gender diverse.
We are all created in the image and likeness of God. We all deserve a seat at the table. It is up to those of us who are privileged to do all we can to ensure that happens – beginning with not standing in the way of the last, the lost and the least.