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.
And he spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them: When thou art invited to a wedding, sit not down in the first place, lest perhaps one more honourable than thou be invited by him: And he that invited thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place: and then thou begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when thou art invited, go, sit down in the lowest place; that when he who invited thee, cometh, he may say to thee: Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have glory before them that sit at table with thee.
Because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted. And he said to him also that had invited him: When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy neighbours who are rich; lest perhaps they also invite thee again, and a recompense be made to thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind; And thou shalt be blessed, because they have not wherewith to make thee recompense: for recompense shall be made thee at the resurrection of the just.
Luke 14:1, 7-14 (Douay-Rheims)
Dear Father I don't think we really live this message too much in our day. How often do we invite those less fortunate to dine with us, or sit in a seat not ours. Do we share our meals with those without. I have shared what little I bring with me to work, whether it be half a sandwich to giving a fruit or vegetable to another. When I go somewhere I always let the next person go before me when I am in a line. Have I done your will dear Father when I place myself last and invite another to partake of my meal? Have I attempted to gain the kingdom for your sake by being an example for another. I pray to continue to always try to live the Gospel as much as possible in this world that promotes selfishness in what we have. May we come to share and learn that being last is always best of all. It is then we have the best seat in the house, the house of God. Amen