Scripture Reading: Revelation 22:12-17
Let us start today’s reflection with this story: You hear of a friend’s engagement to be married. You congratulate the couple enthusiastically. In the months ahead they tell you about their plans. Yet they never mention whether you’re invited to the wedding. You presume you’ll receive an invitation in the mail, but nothing comes. Within a few weeks of the wedding you figure the lack of invitation is an oversight. Still, in chats with them you politely don’t mention it. But after the wedding day comes and goes without an invitation, you conclude that you must have been left out. That can hurt.
Now imagine yourself outside the Christian community. You’ve heard of the joy Christians have in their walk with God and the value of Christian community. You know a number of Christians. But none of them ever asked if you are a Christian or if you would like to be. How would you that feel?
In the closing words of the Bible, God extends His invitation to all. By His Holy Spirit He says, “Come!” Through the church He also says, “Come!” God uses Christians, His “bride,” the church, to invite people into His amazing grace.
God is inviting you to the great feast, how are you preparing to attend? Inspired by the invitation to the wedding feast of the Lamb, a song writer wrote: “A certain man held a feast on his fine estate in town. He laid a festive table and wore a wedding gown. He sent invitations to his neighbors far and wide but when the meal was ready, each of them replied: ‘I cannot come! I cannot come to the banquet, don’t trouble me now. I have married a wife; I have bought me a cow. I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum. Pray, hold me excused, I cannot come’.” The song ends thus: “Now God has written a lesson for the rest of mankind; if we’re slow a responding, He may leave us behind. He’s preparing a banquet for that great and glorious day when the Lord and Master calls us, be certain not to say: “I cannot come! I cannot come to the banquet, don’t trouble me now. I have married a wife; I have bought me a cow. I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum. Pray, hold me excused, I cannot come’.”
Dear child of God, hope you wouldn’t miss this great banquet at the end of time? Hope you are not saying through your actions “I cannot come”. Prepare yourself for this feast of the saints, there we shall wine and dine with our Master. Wash your garment clean, abstain from any dirt that will defile your soul because only those who have been washed through the Blood of the Lamb will be allowed in.
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Gen. 46:1-7.28-30; Ps. 37:3-4. 18-19.27-28.39-40(R.39a) Accl.Jn 16:13a; 14:26d; Matt. 10:16-23 ST. CAMILIUS DE LELLIS, P. (OptMem)
1. Thank the Lord for His invitation to you.
2. Tell God to forgive those times you ignored His invitation through your life style.
3. Tell God to help you overcome every obstacle that will prevent you from attending the feast.
4. Lord, lead me to people I can invite into full life with You by the power of Your love. Amen.
Exercise: All, be conscious of this great invitation.
Meditation: Revelation 19:9