28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Everything is ready: come to the feast!
To dismiss out of hand the king’s invitation to his son’s wedding banquet was the biggest mistake the first invitees ever made. On the other hand, such a surprising invitation so lifted up the spirits of the downtrodden street people that they jumped at the chance to bask in the king’s good graces, to clean up their lives, to dress in special clothes befitting the occasion, and to see themselves on a more dignified human level of relationship with the king and his son, sort of like the king’s extended family. This was one of many failed attempts Jesus made to remove the spiritual blindness of the chief priests and elders as to his divine identity. Still, the parable has since become symbolic of the success story of Christianity and the Catholic Church throughout the world.
Actually, this gospel story is really about US, you and me. We are the fortunate guests invited to the riches of Christianity and the church (the wedding hall and its delights), where friendship with the king (God) and his son (Jesus) develops; where we are clothed with the wedding garment (baptism) of grace; the gifts of the Holy Spirit; adoption into God’s worldwide extended family; and are treated daily or weekly with the sacramental body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist. The spiritual benefits of our Catholic faith just keep on coming.
But sadly, many who have freely been provided the wedding garment of baptism have taken it off and foregone the many gifts that Jesus our King has made available for the salvation and holiness of all of us. We pray today that their spiritual blindness may dissolve as they come to realize the many helps and avenues to spiritual wholeness and friendship with God that our church provides for all seekers.
Let Us Pray:
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call. Alleluia. (Ephesians 1:17)
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