An Invitation

The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying,
“The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Mark Jason M. Medrana)

“Many are invited but few are chosen”. From being a registered nurse to a seminarian. I remember during our three-day live- in vocation seminar in HASS, we were at least 20 applicants who experienced the life of a seminarian. During that seminar, I felt the solemnity of the place. I even experienced waking up early for the morning prayer, and for the first time, I experienced the bukluran fellowship, in which we had our snacks late at night on the roof top of the building. While eating, we shared our own personal encounters with God.

After that seminar, I waited for a month if I can proceed to the next steps of the process. Thank God, I made it but at the same time, I feel bad for those applicants who did not pass the assessment and evaluation process. I was grateful when I received the good news that I passed the application process and was qualified to enter the seminary.

My realization for today’s Gospel is, since God has invited me to be a servant of Him thru priestly vocation, there is nothing for me to worry about as to what will happen to me inside the seminary and even to my family whom I have left behind. I should not deny His invitation, because not all people are given a chance to enter the seminary and become a priest. All I need is a strong faith in Him; He knows what is best for me because God always provides.

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