Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 4, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 22:26b-27, 28-30ab, 30e, 31-32
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame. (Luke 14:21)
When the great dinner was held, those who thought themselves great found reason to snub the host and do whatever it pleased them to do. What then was the great Host to do? The banquet would still be held, but instead of those who were invited to the feast, a message was sent out to the whole land and those who were deemed unworthy were gathered in.
This is God's Kingdom; those who deem themselves worthy will find ample excuse to avoid the great feast, but those who recognize their brokenness and who look to God for help and healing will find themselves invited into the great feast. Every person who looks inside and sees little to love and less worthy of recognition is invited. Every person who has done wrong and seen the wrong of it is invited.
This is the great feast of salvation! All are invited; some few will find excuses not to attend. Some will be too busy, others will sneer in contempt. However, some may not have received the invitation. And that is where we come in. It is our job as servants of the great King who will give this banquet to assure that everyone, no matter how broken or undesirable, hears word of this invitation. It is our job to let everyone know that there is a feast. We can do this in so many different ways that there is no one "right way." Each of us proclaims the invitation as God has made possible for us.
So let us rejoice in our privileged position as tenders of the invitation, and let us rejoice in our privileged position of guests at the banquet.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop
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