PHILADELPHIA, FEBRUARY 25, AD 30
At a Sabbath breakfast in his honor today, Jesus proclaimed to a gathering of forty that: “He who exalts himself shall be humbled, while he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” This remark followed an incident in which a dignitary was offended because Jesus, not he, was given the seat of honor. During the breakfast, a sick man entered. Although the offended dignitary protested his presence, the sick man sat near Jesus. As the meal ended, Jesus took the ill man by the hand, and he was made well. Jesus then advised the guests: “When you are invited to a feast, it is good to take the most lowly seat and to be moved to a better place by the host, and thus be exalted before the other guests. Otherwise, should you take the place of honor, you may be asked to move to a lesser place, and thus be humbled before all.”
Jesus then told a story: “There was a certain ruler who prepared a lavish supper. And when all was ready, he invited many guests. One and all, they made excuses for not attending, even showing disrespect for the servants of the ruler who gave the invitations. The ruler then ordered that his servants go out into the streets and byways, and invite all to the feast, the blind, the lame and the outcasts. And this continued until all the seats were filled, so that none of the first bidden could attend the great feast.” Jesus said: “Let each person find the meaning within his or her own soul.”
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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