I Will Move Them to a Higher Place of Honor
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for Gospel, Luke
Props:† 2 sets of barbells, yards long list of good things people at SJN parish do, phone
Narrator:†† Jesus told a parable to those who had been
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
Jesus:† Those who are last will be first.† Those who are first will be last.
Narrator:† If Jesus were here today, he might explain it like this.† Letís watch the lives of two characters: Sam and Grandfather†
There is a wedding feast.† We see the table closest to the wedding cake and food has been saved for the bride and groom, their parents and grandparents,
The last table is down the hall and out on the patio. Sam arrives first.
Sam:† My nametag is at the table outside here on the patio in the hot sun. I deserve better than this.† Iíll just move this personís name tag to the Last Table and move my nametag to the First Table. (Sitting down at First Table) Now this is better.† I am close to the food, the cake, and the music.
Narrator:† When the Groom and his Bride pass by the patio they see† Grandfather sitting there.
Groom:† Grandfather, what are you doing way back here?† We reserved a place for you at the First Table.† Come with me.
Groom: (to Sam at the First Table) Get up. This place is reserved for my grandfather. There is one seat left at the Last Table.† You may sit there.
Sam:† I am embarrassed and angry that you would ask me to sit at the last table.† If I canít sit here, Iím leaving.
Narrator:† Sam even left without any food or cake. As Jesus said, ďThose who are last will be first.† Those who are first will be last.Ē
Jesus: ďFor every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."†
Narrator: Look at these two teenage boys, Braggart and Humble,
contestants in a weight-lifting contest for high school Olympics.
Braggart:† That boy canít win the weight lifting contest.† Heís too skinny.† I am much stronger than he is. I can beat him easily. I donít even need to practice.†
Humble:† He surely looks strong.† I have practiced many hours. Iím going to
give it my best.† With Godís help, Iíll
Narrator:† Both contestants lifted the weights.† Braggart dropped his and Humble lifted the weights up high and held them for one minute and won the Gold Medal.† The Braggart exalted himself and he was humbled by his failure to win the contest.†
Jesus: When planning a dinner party this week, donít always invite people who will invite you to their party the next week. Rather, have a meal for those who cannot provide one in return.
Mrs. Goodrich: My Dear, who shall I invite to our luncheon?
Mr. Goodrich: It costs a lot of money to buy the food to serve so many.† Letís make sure we only invite people who will invite us to their party next week.††
Mrs. Goodrich: (Reading her Bible) Honey, I just read in Luke 14:12-14 that Jesus said we should invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind to our dinner parties.
Goodrich: If we invite the poor this week, they will not be able to invite us
to a dinner party next week in return.
Mrs. Goodrich: God will pay us back for the good we do for others ten times over.† When we die, we will get our just reward and more.††
Mr. Goodrich: Letís invite the homeless people in our town to our luncheon.†
Mrs. Goodrich:† Iíll see if the YMCA and YWCA will provide them a place to wash up and the Salvation Army to provide them clean clothes.
Mr. Goodrich:† Iíll invite our priest to speak encouraging words to them and ask local businesses with job openings to interview them after the luncheon.
Mrs. Goodrich: Letís get started.† Who shall we call first?
Narrator:† Once someone feels that others care about
them, they begin to care about themselves. How are the people of St. John
Neumann Parish following my advice in Lukeís Gospel.
Letís look in as Jesus is checking his books with St. Peter at the golden gate
Jesus:† Whatís the status of the people in St. John Neumann Parish, Peter?
St. Peter:† They share their many gifts with others.
Angel: They put others first, they are loving and kind.
St. Peter:† One
young teenage girl, Kelly Santore, even conducted a
shoe drive for children who had no shoes in a small town of
Angel:† She was doing unto others what she would like for them to do for her.†
St. Peter:† All parishioners, even the very young give money in the collection, not expecting the Church to give money back to them.
Angel:† They help with the Loaves and Fishes program
St. Peter:† You can see here, Lord.† The list of things these people do for others is limitless (Have a lot of computer paper sheets that goes for yards and yards).†
Jesus:† What these people do for the least of these, they do it for me!
The people in St. John Neumann parish belong at the top of my list.† These people are humble and put others first.† I will build their mansions close to me in heaven.† I will move them to a higher place of honor.
Narrator:† To putting others first, we say Yes my Lord.
†††††††††††††††† Being humble about our talents, we say Yes, my Lord.
†††††††††††††††† To sharing with others who canít share back, we say Yes, My Lord.
†††††††††††††††† Please join us in Thanking God for all our gifts by praying the† ďOur Father.Ē