Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time, November 3

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 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 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 one another. And with the life which God has blessed us, we are each called to echo the words of praise which we find in today’s Psalm –

“I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people. I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him. The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the LORD shall praise him.”

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 very best way possible, the selfless nature of God’s Love which He has for each and every one of us, His children.

Sadly, however, we read in the newspapers 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.

Where is the sincere love, where is the mutual affection, where is the humility which our Lord gave to us as an example for each of us to follow, about which Paul was speaking in our First Reading today? When we find ourselves overwhelmed by the direction in which our society and the many cultures in our world seem to be heading, Paul’s words open our hearts and souls to the very mind of God Himself –

“[Christ Jesus], though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself…found human in appearance, he humbled himself.”

By staying focused on Jesus Christ, by having among 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 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

  • “[Jesus] replied to him, ‘A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.’ When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, ‘Come, everything is now ready.’(Luke 14:16-17)
  • “But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves…Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ The master then [said]…‘I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.’” (Luke 14:18a, 21b, 23a, 24)
  • “Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? The clean of hand and pure of heart, who has not given his soul to useless things, what is vain. He will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from his saving God.” (Psalm 24:3-5)
  • “I will offer praise in the great assembly; my vows I will fulfill before those who fear him. The poor will eat their fill; those who seek the LORD will offer praise. May your hearts enjoy life forever!” (Psalm 22-26-27)
  • “The heavens proclaim his justice; all peoples see his glory.” (Psalm 97:6)
  • “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.” (Matthew 11:29)
  • “[Christ Jesus], though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
  • “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
  • “Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 14:15b)

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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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