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Various Notes for Trinity 17 – Luke 14:1-11

by pastorjuhl ~ September 20th, 2010

Pius Parsch, “The Church’s Year of Grace”
…love of neighbor cannot be divorced from love of God. The Lord’s days is indeed holy, it can never, however, be desecrated through deeds of love done toward one’s fellow man. For every good act toward one’s neighbor is likewise a good act toward God.

…Jesus is speaking of true humility which is infinitely removed from that species of pride which exteriorly selects a humble place yet interiorly covets the higher. Our Master wishes that even in our hearts we feel at home when in the lowest place. The Christian especially should be humble, for he knows that he is a poor sinner; he knows that the good he has is wholly due to the grace of God, not to himself.

Here (in the Gospel) you have the reason why the virtue of humility is inculcated so often in the liturgy. It is the foundation virtue of Christianity, a panacea for many ills.

Church Fathers
By His question He makes public their foolishness: for while God blesses on the seventh day, they prevent good works on that day. A day that does not allow the doing of good works is accursed (Theophylactus).

Rightly therefore is the dropsical man healed in the presence of the Pharisees: for the bodily sickness of the one is signified the weakness or the sickness of heart and soul of the others (Gregory the Great).

We should have a patient concern for one another, doing all things becomingly and in order; and not for the sake of how we may appear before the crowd. Neither should we make a show of humility by resisting strongly: humility is practiced rather by simple submission; refusal shows pride more decidedly than taking the first place when invited to do so (Basil).

…You are a man, and yet of such value that because of you God became man. Do not attribute this happening to your own lofty spirit, but to His mercy. For God our Lord redeemed us by His blood; willing that the price of our souls should be His blood, His innocent blood (Augustine).

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