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For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled

Luke 14:11
Luke 14:1, 7-14

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Did you know that the climbing vine we call “honeysuckle” always grows clockwise, to its right? The “jasmine,” on the other hand, always entwines counterclockwise, to its left. And nothing can make either vine do otherwise. But in South America’s Chile, there is a vine called “scyphambus elegans” which starts turning in one direction, makes a few loops around whatever it’s climbing up, then turns in the other direction — reversing itself from clockwise to counterclockwise every few loops.

Beyond being an interesting bit of trivia, this phenomenon also makes a point: regardless of the direction in which vines do their climbing, whether clockwise or counterclockwise, to the right or to the left, or both ways, each is always seeking the same thing. Each is seeking light.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, we read that Jesus “had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees.” And “they watched Him closely,” Luke tells us (Lk. 14:1). They kept their eyes…

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