In this week's lectionary gospel passage from Luke, Jesus offers some strong comments on the importance of humility as opposed to pride. The setting is a meal at the home of a Pharisee, and Jesus is dismayed by the conduct of some of the dinner guests, who are competing for the places of honor at the table. It's easy to imagine similar (if slightly more muted) behavior at a dinner party of the power elite in our day, where it's important to be recognized as a "player" -- as someone of importance who is worthy of attention and respect.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.