Sirach used aphorisms like Jesus used parables: to teach his audience how to put God’s commands into action. Today we hear both Sirach and Jesus counsel us to act with humility. Sirach tells us we will find favor with God; Jesus imagines a wedding banquet where the host
invites the person who took the lowest seat to move up to a higher position. With true humility, for we are all sinners, let us listen today to the word of God
Sirach 3:17–18, 20, Ancient wisdom insists that the more humble we are,
28–29 the greater we are.
Psalm 68 “God, in your goodness,
you have made a home for the poor.”
Hebrews 12:18–19, Far from frightening, our encounter with God
22–24a will be like a glorious holiday.
Luke 14:1, 7–14 Jesus presents his own version of table manners