For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading is an interesting one to sit with because it calls to mind myself when the reading is about not focusing on myself. I have to ask myself, "In my personal or professional Life, how much focus do I put on myself?" Is it all about me? And the bigger question is how much focus do I put on You? If I am trying to get attention, trying to be seen, honored or respected, then why? If I am 'trying' then I must either have a low self-opinion or a high self-opinion, one of the two. The reading is powerful and humbling. It not only helps me in observing myself, it helps me in understanding others. Thank You for this humbling and honest lesson today.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Luke 14:1, 7-11
1 One sabbath when He went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching Him.
7 Now He told a parable to those who were invited, when He marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
8 "When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him;
9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
11 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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