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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 14,1.7-11): One Sabbath Jesus had gone to eat a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, and he was carefully watched. Jesus then told a parable to the guests, for He had noticed how they tried to take the places of honor. And He said, «(…) Whoever makes himself out to be great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be raised».

Political action: a commitment to justice

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus deplores our desire to prevail before the others, particularly among those who are called to government responsibilities. It is proper to recall what King Solomon —in his enthronement— asked God: he did not ask for long life, riches or the elimination of his enemies..., instead he told the Lord: "Give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil".

The motivation for his work of a politician should not be his own success, and certainly not, his own material gain, but their commitment to justice, so he can create the basic conditions for peace. Naturally, any politician seeks success, without which they would never have the possibility of effective political action. But success is subordinated to the criterion of Justice, to the will to apply the law and to the understanding of the law.

—To serve right and to fight against the dominion of wrong remains the fundamental task of the politician. God-Sovereign, at a moment in history, when man has acquired previously inconceivable power, this task takes on a particular urgency.