Invitation to Friendship

October 15, 2017
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and 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 he 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.
The king 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. Eldrick S. Peña)

Generally, when we receive invitation to an event, the invitation is received with much joy and excitement especially if it comes from an important person in our life, perhaps a relative or a person who is famous in the community. The invitation gives the recipient a sense of importance, of being valued.

In the parable, many were sent invitation by the king for the wedding feast of his son. Surprisingly, those who were sent invitations declined for they were “busy” of so many things. They did not give priority to the invitation of the king.

Every day, God, just like the king in the parable is sending us little “invitations” to conversion. He invites us to turn from our sinfulness and return to Him. But we ignore these invitations toward closer friendship and intimacy with Him. We are too busy and too pre-occupied to respond positively. We turn down God’s offer of mercy and compassion. There are other invitations the world provides that entice us better – career, money, vice, romantic relationships, pleasure – all the allurements of this world.

Today, God invites you for a more personal and intimate encounter with Him. Will you turn him down?

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