Do I want to be the center of attention? To have my importance validated by others? To be rewarded when I’ve done something good for others? Jesus says in today’s Gospel that any of these can be an obstacle to my doing God’s work.

Who are the people I eat with? The people I spend time with? The people I seek out? Who they are shows me who is important in my life and who isn’t.

Given my answers to these questions, what is my life’s banquet like? Am I happy with the picture? What do I like about it? Would I change any part of it? How?

—Fr. Chris Manahan, S.J. serves as Director of Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh, WI.