The gospel reading for Sunday was Luke 14:1,7-14, in which Jesus is said to have told the parable about choosing where to sit when at a banquet. He tells the people not to go to the head table, but rather sit at a less desirable place. Should they (or we) assume they deserve honor, they may not know that a particular place is reserved for someone else. Jesus points out one who makes a wrong assumption may be asked to move.

While that would be embarrassing, the story isn’t about that embarrassment, but rather about humility. Like the people of old, we don’t know everything about everyone. We may think we are better than someone else, we may believe we have more education, or more wealth, or more talents. Perhaps we do. However, we forget that everyone has a place at God’s table, and everyone is important to God.