30th Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus encouraged humility in the parable of a wedding guest asked to move from his chosen place of honor when someone more important arrived. Traveling toward Jerusalem, the Lord taught that people would come from all directions to the heavenly banquet. Some of the last people we expect might have places up front. Describing His return in glory, the Lord used the image of a shepherd separating sheep and goats. People would wonder when they ever had the chance to welcome or visit Him, provide Him with food or clothing, or care for Him in illness. Cured of blindness and sent on his way, Bartimaeus followed Jesus. Knowing that our Lord receives every kindness, do we humbly give thanks that God’s ways can become ours?