R.S.V.P.

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 10/10/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
October 12, 2014

“Come to the feast…Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
(Matthew 22:4b, 14)

R.S.V.P.

Your Majesty,
How kind of you to invite me to your son’s wedding feast! Sorry, but…
…I open my business on Sunday.
…My daughters are in a dance recital I must attend.
…My son and I finally got tickets for the Super Bowl this weekend.
…I have final exams this weekend and I must study.
…Our family is going to Aspen to learn to ski.
…I work all week, so I sleep in on Sunday’s.
…Our whole family has come down with the flu.

The King sent out his servants to the main roads and highways.
“Invite to the feast whomever you find…the good and the bad alike, and the hall was filled with guests.” (Matthew 22:9-10)

The delighted King went around to the tables greeting and thanking his guest. He noticed one guest and asked, “My friend, how is it that you came here without a wedding garment?” And to the surprise of those attending, His Majesty threw him out of the hall. He shook his head as he closed the door muttering, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why will you find guests like Mary Magdalene, the Good Thieve and Peter, a denier?
  2. What other excuses do people give for not attending the Eucharist Banquet?
  3. What does the wedding garment symbolize?
  4. Which group of guests is Pope Francis calling back to the Church?
  5. What is gained by feasting on Eucharistic bread and wine?
  6. What are some of the wonderful things you miss when you miss Mass or Church Services?
  7. When and what do you think will bring you back to the Banquet Hall of the Kingdom?
  8. Why aren’t you wearing the wedding garment?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Busch October 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

What a great way to look at the invitation, and why we say No. Never thought of it that way!

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Helene October 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

thank you. Each week you are an inspiration to my Sunday meditation. Hope all is well with you!

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Sr. Juliemarie McDonald October 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Thank you; I am glad the words of the Gospel area are an inspiration for you. Sr. Juliemarie

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