(Gospel from Luke 14) as presented by Father Matthew Kirby
This is not new teaching, even in it's wording.
Yet Jesus does not refer to the passage in the Old Testament here, unlike He has in other situations. It seems strange, especially when the point seems, at first glance, to be that you should pretend to be less, expecting to be treated as more. Is Jesus suggesting we practice false humility? What are we missing by interpreting it this way?
It's a wedding feast in the parable!
Regarding the other application of this parable, we should not see our progressive sanctification as the search to be special.