Oct. 15, 2017 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
The invitation has been extended. The invitation is from God. Many people have been invited. But none of the intended guests want to take part in the feast.
Why? Well, many people have made all kinds of excuses. Some say they have other things to do. Others are indifferent. And a few are even annoyed.
God is good to us. God freely offers friendship. God freely offers joy. God freely offers salvation. God freely offers an invitation to the banquet.
What kind of banquet? Isaiah describes it as a rich feast. Rich food and choice wines for all peoples, juicy rich food and pure choice wines; a banquet where death will be destroyed; a banquet where God will wipe away the tears from every face.
This is the great feast for those who say yes to God’s invitation. It is a banquet of salvation, a banquet of redemption, a banquet of forgiveness, a banquet of love.
When so many make excuses and do not accept the invitation, God is not discouraged.
God doesn’t get upset. God doesn’t throw a fit. God doesn’t cancel the feast.
No, what does God do? God simply invites some more people. God invites everybody.
God simply sends the invitation to the ordinary, to the poor, to the marginalized, to the neglected, to the forgotten, to you and to me. All are invited without distinction.
Everyone is given the opportunity to respond to the invitation. We are called. We object, sometimes with our “I’m not worthy” excuse. God doesn’t want to hear our excuses. God wants us to accept the invitation.
Saint Paul tells us that God will supply whatever is needed to accept the invitation. I can answer the invitation because I can do all things in the Lord who strengthens me.
The invitation has been extended. The invitation is from God. Many people are invited. What are you going to do?