Scripture Reading: Luke 14:15-24
A Christian woman invited a non-Christian neighbor to Bible study at her church. She was nervous about asking her and was sure the neighbor would say no. But she prayed for courage from God and asked anyway. When her neighbor heard the invitation, she was about to say no, but something inside her said, “I can just go once, and if I don’t like it, I won’t go again.” It turned out that she enjoyed the friendship of the people there and learned a great deal from the Bible lessons. One of the Bible lesson she learnt was on the MARRIAGE FEAST in Matthew’s account. (Matt. 22:1-14) Dear Child of God, the Lord has offered us the greatest invitation that there is and hence the offer is to everyone. Do you know the most painful thing O blessed child of God many are rejecting this invitation? This is an invitation that Verse 15 of our reflection aptly captures the joy of being a partaker. “How happy are those who will sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Indeed how happy are those called to banquet.
The focus of the parable is on the wedding banquet of the Son. At the end of the age, all the people of God (Israel) would enjoy a Messianic banquet in their transition from this life to the life to come. According to Dr. Ross, “The imagery of a wedding banquet turns to be serious message when the man without the proper wedding clothes is not only thrown out of the banquet, but also bound hand and foot, and cast into darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is obviously the judgment scene that Jesus repeated so often with these very words. Thus, the banquet is the celebration of those who enter the kingdom, and the exclusion is the judgment of God for those who reject the invitation of grace.
Those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb are blessed because the supper will take place in the kingdom of God. The ones who are blessed are not the ones who were invited, but refused to come. Let’s look for opportunities to invite our neighbors and friends to know Jesus. And let’s watch the Holy Spirit work as we pray and invite!
MASS: WHITE Gen. 49:29-33; 50:15-26a; Ps 105:1-2.3-4. 6-7(R. Ps. 69:33); Accl. 1 Pet. 4:14; Matt. 10:24-33 ST. BONAVENTURE, B.D. (MEMORIAL) B.V.M
Prayer Points
Ask God to clean and wash your spiritual attire with the Blood of the Lamb.
Lord, I praise You for Your salvation and the fellowship of Your people. Show me who I can pray for and invite to know You. Amen.
Pray against the spirit of rejecting divine engagements.
Exercise: Carefully assess in your life every “excuse” pulling you away from the path to the Great Feast. Make amends now.
Meditation: Matthew 26:29