November 5, 2013

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 Feniquito):

            Today’s Gospel speaks about the parable of the great feast. After reading the parable, it is clear how serious the call of God to us is. I was struck with the phrase in the Gospel passage, “…one by one, they began to excuse themselves.”

            God prepared a great feast for us. He invited us to be part of His life, to come to partake of His gifts. He prepares something great for us as symbolized by the great dinner. I believe that God is so compassionate and just for He gives us free will, to accept or reject the invitation.

            God calls us not only to partake of His gifts, but also to be bearers of His word and to share God’s abundant blessings to others. I consider my mother to be a model of faithful and obedient servant of God. She is a nurse, a public health nurse taking care of the sick people especially those who are unfortunate. Mostly, her patients come from the poor and underprivileged families who cannot afford seeking medical services in the private clinics and hospitals. I believe that the plan of God for my mother is for her to practice her profession in a community setting and not in big hospitals as well as not working in abroad. I can see the happiness in her work, the fulfillment she has especially when she treated a tuberculosis patient and malnourished children. The best thing I admire with my mother is that she not only does her job, he also incorporates catechism and evangelization in it.

            We are invited by God to participate in His life and plan for salvation of the world. God’s abundant blessings and missions are waiting for us. Maybe we can be the instrument of God in bringing people closer to Him, and it can be your family, friends, and relatives and even us strangers. What now is your answer to God? Is it a YES or are you going to excuse yourself?

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