SUNDAY DAY 11

INVITED TO FEAST

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-14

The parable in today’s reading reminds us that the invitation of God is to a feast as joyous as a wedding feast. God’s invitation to us is for joy and celebration. The wedding feast is the image of the salvation that God offers to all. It is a “wedding” since it is a celebration of love, and it speaks of the loving union of God and man. It is a “feast” since it promises abundant blessings and eternal joy in the glory in heaven, in the presence of God and in the company of Angels and Saints.

The first thing is to realize that joy is a gift from God. The root word for joy in Greek is chara, which is closely related to the Greek charis for “grace.” Joy is both a gift of God as well as a response to the gifts of God. Our Lord Jesus’ invitation to “come follow me” is a call to be joyful. As such According to William Barclay “to think of Christianity as a gloomy giving up of everything which brings laughter and happiness is a mistake. It is to joy, to celebrate that Christians are invited. Anybody that refuses to become a true Christian misses this Joy”.

As Pope Francis said, “There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. Without joy in the heart, a Christian is not fruitful. Christians without joy are prisoners of formalities”. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord. In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that the first Christians ate their food with glad and generous hearts (Acts 2:46). Wherever the disciples went, there was a great joy (Acts 8:8); even amid persecution they continued to be filled with joy (Acts 13:51) …. Why should we not also enter into this great stream of joy?”

Another lesson from today’s parable is a warning against complacency. The king rejected the improperly dressed man because he did not regard His invitation as a great honour. As such failed to put on the wedding garment. The wedding garment represents our new mode of repentance and conversion as we respond to the invitation to the wedding feast.

Therefore, our true response to God’s invitation to joy begins with sincere repentance, the putting on of our wedding garment.

MASS: GREEN TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR(A) 11s 25 :6-10a Ps 23:1-3a.3b-4.5.6(R.6cd); Phil 4:12-14.19-20 Accl Eph 1:17-18 Gospel Mt 22:1-14

Prayer Points:

  1. Pray for God’s forgiveness for the times we have rejected His invitations
  2. Ask God to restore the joy of your salvation
  3. Pray with Psalm 16:5-11
  4. Pay with Psalm 100

Exercise: REMEMBER TO ORGANISE A THANKSGIVING DURING MASS TO THANK GOD FOR DSD @ 10 AND THANK HIM FOR THE BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES DURING THE JUST CONCLUDED NOVENA. FROM TODAY 11th -31st Oct., WE SHALL BEGIN THE PRAYING OF THE ROSARY OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP IN DSD SECTION A

Meditation: Psalm 51:10-12