November 3, 2015

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'”

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)

11.3

Cainta, a town in Rizal province, got its name from the words “Kain tayo!” (Let’s eat!). This is a common invitation to a meal which opens an opportunity of communion with another person. The Gospel for today is the Parable of the Great Feast. The banquet of the Kingdom of God is set for us. We are being invited to commune with Him.

In the parable, I can see God preparing something great for us and it is symbolized by a great meal. An abundant meal is waiting for us. He desires to invite as many people as possible to be His guests in the great banquet. However, God gives us the freedom to accept or deny the invitation. He is not forcing us to do what He desires for us. He gives us free will to respond to His call.

God always invites us to a great meal, in our present situation. We can see that the great feast pertains to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. In the Eucharist, we experience a deep and intimate encounter with God as we remember Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, who offered His life for us so that salvation will be ours.

In the seminary formation, we are blessed to partake in the Eucharistic feast every day. It is a privilege to be always in communion with the Lord rooted in His great love for us. Honestly, every day is a call to respond to God’s invitation. I may be tired from the previous night, preoccupied with a lot of things, but I need to make a decision.

I believe that the constant invitation for me is to respond to the invitation with openness and a grateful heart, a commitment to be with Jesus as I deepen my relationship with Him. He is the source of my joys, blessings and graces. Through Him my life is connected to God, who is my end, the goal of my life.

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