October 12, 2014, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Have you ever been invited to an event so big, so special that you just had to go? What sort of thing could you imagine would keep you from going once you accepted the invitation? Perhaps today’s Gospel message is twofold: Not only is the invitation to the heavenly banquet extended to everyone, but we had better take a close look at what could be so important about our other commitments before turning away from the summons to attend. Our participation in the heavenly banquet depends on our response as well as on God’s gracious invitations.
In his parable to the chief priests and elders, Jesus tells a tale of invitations and rejection. A king throws a wedding party for his son, and the invited guests refuse to come. They have their reasons, of course. Some are just too busy---the farm, the business. And others are downright belligerent, grabbing the king’s messengers, abusing them, and killing them in the end. All this in response to the king’s invitation of love. No wonder the king was enraged!
But the party does go on anyway, and the king welcomes one and all to the feast. Actually, he invites one and all, but not everyone proves welcome. One man comes improperly dressed and ends up in the darkness, prompting Jesus to conclude with the familiar words, “many are invited, but few are chosen.” It seems that even those who accept the invitation still need to be properly prepared.
As we each examine our response to God’s gracious invitation, may we dress in the proper attire for the feast that Isaiah tells us the Lord will provide for all people, when gladness abounds and death is no more. And until heaven’s feast, may we be secure in the feast that the apostle Paul describes. God will fully supply our every need, and certainly, this should be feast enough for us all.
Today’s Readings: Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-6; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14 [1-10]


All Soul’s Day Schedule

Saturday, November 1st
9:00 am--Mass at Our Lady of Peace (Collective Mass)
10:00 am--Blessing at Holy Angels Cemetery

Saturday, November 1st
9:00 am--Mass at St. Joseph’s Church
10:00am--Blessings at St. Joseph’s Cemetery