Pastors Desk: Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 14th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 15th October 2017 - Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

kings-feastAnyone who has sent out invitations for a wedding, a birthday party or some other event will know how slow we can be when it comes to that RSVP request to reply by a specific time. We usually have to call or email some of the invitees nearer the closing date to confirm if they are coming along so we can give a final number to the hotel or venue and avoid the added expense of paying for guests who are not going to be there.

Today’s Gospel story has a slightly similar theme to it. We hear how the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a feast that the King gives for his son after his wedding. While many of the guests had said they would love to attend when they received the invite they didn’t bother turning up on the day. They were too busy going about their business or tending their farms to join the King and his family for this happy occasion. They just couldn’t be bothered. But, rather than give up, the King sent his servants out and invited everyone they could find in the community who genuinely wanted to come to the wedding feast.

Each week we are all invited to the Banquet. To attend a feast every Sunday where we are nourished by the word of God and the bread of life. Many choose not to attend even though they received that invitation from the time of their baptism. The question arises should we ever stop issuing that invitation? Pope Francis tells us that we should never stop being missionaries who go out and invite others to the eternal banquet by how we live our lives and treat our fellow humanity with dignity and respect. By doing so maybe we can inspire others to come and be as nourished as we are.

Fr Gerry