Monday 11 September 2017

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, year ’A’ 28e dimanche du Temps Ordinaire, année ’A’

Many are called, but few are chosen

Is.25,6-9 Ps.22 Ph.4,12-14.19-20 Mt.22,1-14

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, year ’A’

"Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again: ’The Kingdom of God is compared to a king who will celebrate his son’s wedding feast. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come.  Next, he sent some more servants ’Tell those who have been invited,’ he said ’that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready, come to the wedding feast!’. Throughout the centuries, God has invited his people to enter into a Covenant with Him, and to share his Love. Unfortunately, more often than not mankind has chosen to show a blind eye to God’s invitation and thus remain indifferent, despising and rejecting prophets. But God opens up his Invitation to the Eternal Wedding Feast in the new Covenant. This is for each one of us a great Joy and reason to give thanks to Our Heavenly Father. By celebrating wedding feasts on earth, we prefigure what we can imagine the Kingdom of Heaven to be. This happiness in heaven will go beyond anything we could ever imagine, it is the feast of happiness, of the happiness of being together. We are invited to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. All events in our lives prepare us for this wedding feast, the liturgy prepares us for it by announcing: ’Happy are those who are invited to the Lamb’s Wedding Feast.’ This sign of this is the building up of the Christian community, where all of us together, the Bride of Christ’ we get ready for the Beloved Son’s wedding Feast.   “But they were not interested and went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants mistreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He dispatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt the town.  Then he said to his servants ’The wedding is ready; but those who were invited proved to be unworthy.” This is an invitation for each one of us in particular, for us who have heard Jesus’ Invitation, and who come together to celebrate the Eucharist. ’Happy are we who are called to His Supper!’ We are very familiar with this invitation the priest announces after the lamb of God. It is for uncountable crowds of people, the crowd of those who clothed themselves with the garment of good works. Each one of our Eucharists is like an announcement and an anticipation of this huge wedding feast. They are the wedding feast of the Son of the King, of the Beloved Son of the Father, Christs’ wedding feast which betroths humanity. We begin by already building a new community on earth where humanity lives according to the rhythm of the Holy Spirit so as to prepare the Kingdom of Love, of Justice and of Peace. And so our life is preparing us for the nuptial encounter: Happy are those who are called to the Lamb’s Wedding Feast.’ The Eucharist is an extraordinary meal prepared by God who saves us.   “Go out to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can to the wedding. So, these servants went out onto the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests. When the king came to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment, and said to him, ’How did you get in here, my friend without a wedding garment?’ And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants, ’Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’ For many are called and few are chosen.” All men are invited without any distinction whatsoever, they don’t have to be of a particular origin. But we cannot get close to the Lord God without traying to please Him, that is to put on Christ, by accomplishing just like Him what pleases the Father. The wedding garments is the symbol of the works of our conversion. The Book of the Apocalypse tells us that the garment of linen which the saints are dressed in are their good actions. We are unable to participate in the Lamb’s wedding feast without seeking to clothe our hearts with the garment of tenderness, goodness, humility and gentleness, patience. ’You have put on Christ’ says the Apostle Paul. The wedding garment is the bride who belongs to the bridegroom and who gives herself to the Bridegroom. According to certain customs at the time, when people were invited to a wedding feast, they were given a garment which was a sign of unanimity, the poorest person would get his garment. And yet do we have to welcome Christ, put on his greatest Love when we are invited a s a guest to his wedding feast of Love.  

We ask for the grace to get ready for our encounter with Jesus Christ.