Four parts of this chapter are meant to make our day alive and connected with Jesus. The second episode from verse 7 is a good example of how Jesus turns our world upside down: the first ones will be last and the last ones first. It’s as though the losers in a race are honored more than the winners!
This is because Jesus always calls us to be humble and to wait for God to lift us up, not to be puffed up with pride, just because we won a game. There is so much competition in our world, that we can lose touch with how much God loves those who are especially rejected by others.
Keep your eyes wide open before Jesus and watch what he’s going to do in these stories, not only with the first listeners, but with you and me. Notice those squinting, mean, critical eyes of the Pharisees. What they think is more important than what Jesus thinks; they stay stuck in their own lives. If you want to be unstuck, just look to Jesus.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.
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