Jesus turns our world upside down. Those who take the first place are told to go to the last; those in the last place are invited to assume the first; the exalted will be humbled and the humbled with be exalted, etc.
The root meaning of “repentance” in the Greek, metanoioa, is “to change the attitude”—the way we look at things. What are your habitual ways of seeing things that the Lord invites you to change 180 degrees?
Keep you eyes fixed upon Jesus—not with the narrow, squinted eyebrows of the critical Pharisees, but with eyes wide open, searching for God’s presence and that meaning about your world that only God can give.
Lowest place, then called higher v. 10
Humbled being exalted v. 11
Inviting all to dinner v. 12
Disciple giving up all v. 33
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.
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