Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time, November 5

May We Find Ourselves Becoming One of Those Invited Guests Who Will Happily Respond to Our Lord’s Invitation to His Heavenly Banquet, Where We Shall Give Praise, Honor and Glory to Our Most Loving Father for All Eternity.

Today, we hear our Lord speaking a parable about a man who “gave a great dinner to which he invited many.”

And as we read the unfolding of this parable, many excused themselves for one reason or another. Then the master of the household sent his servant out to invite all “the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.”

Each one of us, by virtue of our Baptism into the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, has received an invitation to attend the greatest of all Heavenly Feasts which God has prepared for each of us.

As members of the Body of Christ, we are each guests-of-honor, to whom Christ Himself has hand-delivered this special invite, written in His own Precious Blood spilled on Calvary, so that you and I, together with our Lord, may give honor and glory to His Eternal and Most Loving Father.

This Heavenly Banquet, this Feast which God is giving, is all about love – the love we have for God and the love which we show towards each other. And with the life which God has blessed us, we are called to feel within our hearts the words of today’s antiphon which we repeat in today’s Responsorial Psalm, “In you, O LORD, I have found my peace.” And it is God’s enduring peace which gives us neverending joy!

When you and I attend a wedding reception, is it not a festive event, in which the guests celebrate the love which the bride and groom share for each other? It is a celebration not only of love, but of life – the life that they have chosen to spend loving and caring for each other, a life in which they have committed themselves to honoring and respecting each other as a unique and special creature of God.

And in their uniqueness, they have become Christ-like in the very nature of the selfless love which they are called to give to each other. It is the love between a husband and a wife, it is the love between a parent and a child – which emulates, in the best possible way, the selfless nature of God’s Love which He has for each one of us, His children!

Sadly, however, we read in the newspapers or on the internet, or we hear on the evening news how absent this love is in the different societies of today’s world cultures. I have written many times in the past, and you have probably heard many times, how our cultures seem to have chosen a dark path – a path which embraces greed and selfish desires, a path which embraces immorality and a culture of death, a path along which many even embrace violence as a way of life.

Yet, it is Saint Paul who reminds us in our First Reading today about the life to which each of us is called to live – “Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

By staying focused on all that Jesus taught us, by having amongst ourselves the same attitude as our Lord, by unreservedly trusting in God’s loving and merciful Presence in our lives, and not allowing ourselves to become beset by the godlessness which seems to surround us at times – you and I have then made a willful choice to seek God’s Kingdom first in our own lives, setting aside anything that might prevent us from fulfilling His will through us.

Joyfully, we will then find ourselves becoming one of those invited guests who will happily respond to our Lord’s invitation, and our Lord will ask us, in His time, to take our place in a special seat-of-honor next to Christ Himself, giving His Eternal Father and ours that honor and glory which is rightfully His throughout all eternity.

For truly I tell you, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God”!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal Father in Heaven,

when Your strength takes possession of us

we no longer say, ‘Why are you cast down, my soul?’

Let us feel the healing calm of Your forgiveness

as You nourish us with Your Loving Presence.

“Inspire us to yearn for You always,

like the deer that longs for running streams of fresh water,

until You satisfy our every longing in Heaven.

For it is only there that my thirst shall truly be quenched;

It is only there that my every desire shall truly be realized.”

cf. Psalm-prayer (Roman Breviary)

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