Sit down in the lowest place

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Year C  -  22th Sunday in Ordinary time

Sit down in the lowest place

Sit down in the lowest place Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Luke 14:1.7-14

1 AND it came to pass, when Jesus went into the house of one of the chief of the Pharisees, on the Sabbath day, to eat bread, that they watched him.
7 And he spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them:
8 When you are invited to a wedding, do not sit down in the first place, lest perhaps one more honourable than you be invited by him:
9 And he that invited you and him, come and say to you, Give this man place: and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when you are invited, go, sit down in the lowest place; that when he who invited you, comes, he may say to you: Friend, go up higher. Then shall you have glory before those that sit at the table with you.
11 Because every one that exalts himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbles himself, shall be exalted.
12 And he said to him also that had invited him: When you make a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brethren, nor your kinsmen, nor your neighbours who are rich; lest perhaps they also invite you again, and a recompense be made to you.
13 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind;
14 And you shall be blessed, because they have no way to recompense you: for recompense shall be made to you at the resurrection of the just.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

22th Sunday in Ordinary time - Sit down in the lowest place Humility is the platform of all virtues, blessed is the man who humbles himself for my sake; he is truly equipped to walk in my way. I taught my apostles and I want to teach you as well to lose the high opinion you have of yourselves and consider my opinion first. It is not as if I desire to put you down, but pride is most defiant in my Presence.

He who praises himself for his own wisdom is nothing but a fool in the eyes of God, because no matter how great manís wisdom is, God is absolute wisdom. A sensible man should consider that no matter how much he learns, he will always be very far from the wisdom of God.

True wisdom is to acknowledge God and to fear Him. Fear of God is a doctrine that has been washed out throughout the ages, because of the pride of man who wants to make himself equal to God. God is not respecter of persons because He is the creator and the Supreme Being, the cause of all things.

Learn from me because I am meek and humble of heart. I the King of Kings humbled myself to the point of becoming a man and giving up my life for your sake. I never expected homage, I never took advantage of my power and I never boasted of being the Son of God. I did not come to be served, but to serve.

If you want to learn humility, you must imitate me. You must start by being humble before men, so that by this great virtue you may overcome the pride that is in you. The humble man is afraid of offending God because he appreciates the greatness of his maker. He follows the lesson of John the Baptist, which is to diminish before the Lord in order to appreciate his greatness.

The ears of the humble are always open to listen to my Word and learn. Their eyes are opened to see my plan unfold before them, they walk humbly with me acting justly and loving tenderly because they know me.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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