October 15, 2017: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables saying.
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.
A second time he sent the servants, saying,
“Tell those invited: ‘Behold, I have prepared the banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”
Some ignored the invitation and went away, One to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned the city.
Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came here without a wedding garment? But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ’Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:1-14)
Jesus wants us to be with Him and He wants us to bring others to Him. As we read Scripture, we begin to understand that more and more.
He invites us many times and each time explains what we must do and how we are to behave to be with Him in service to others.
We are always to be ready — clothed in love, filled with compassion, not judging, welcoming others into our midst. He wants us to share His message in all we do and not just in what we say. We are always to be clothed in love, mercy and justice for those we meet, encouraging them to journey with us to the table of our Lord.
Reflect on your life when you pray this week.
Is Jesus happy with how you are helping others seek Him by sharing the many gifts of your life with them? What more could you be doing? Ask Jesus what more He wants you to do.
I guess that’s what they mean by putting on “our Sunday best” . . . compassion, love, and forgiveness!
Sr. Tracey’s uncle John