Good Manners

"Take the lowest place." Jesus (Luke, 14:10)

In this passage the Master affords us an unforgettable lesson in good manners.

It is true that the context is highly symbolic with regard to the paternal banquet of Divine Mercy; nevertheless, it would be convenient to transfer this concept in order to apply its mechanisms to common day living.

The recommendation of our Savior applies to all situations when we are called to examine something new, brought on by our fellow man. For instance, someone who enters a home or participates in a reunion for the first time, with an air of superiority "a know it all attitude," and gives the impression of being from a better environment than that in which he is visiting, becomes intolerable to those present.

Even though it be a group misguided in its ulterior motives or finality, it would be unreasonable for an enlightened individual to become an austere and demanding counselor. For the task of rectifying or guiding souls, it is indispensable for the faithful worker of righteousness to initiate the effort, and reach out to these hearts through genuine fraternity. Only in this way will he be able to file away the imperfections effectively, thereby, eliminating a portion of the shadows daily, by way of constant service.

We know that Jesus was the great reformer of the world, correcting and spreading love, asserting that He had come to mankind to fulfill the Law.

Do not attack the places where you find yourself. When you stop somewhere with your siblings in God, do not overshadow them by exhibiting the extent of knowledge that you have mastered in the areas of love and wisdom. If you have decided to cooperate for the good of others, do not outshine, so that those around can truly understand you. By imposing rules or displaying powers you will accomplish nothing except to establish stronger disturbances.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 43.