Reflections - October 15, 2017

“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.”  Mt. 22:2-3.
 
The Lord continues to present to us through parables His willingness to share with all of us His plan of salvation.  The form of presenting it is like an invitation to a great feast without exclusions.
 
Already in the First Reading the Prophet Isaiah speaks tells us that “the Lord will prepare a feast for all peoples”.
 
I would like to dwell briefly on the Lord’s invitation.
 
The Lord, in the “parable of the guests” teaches us that those guests had not merit or power, but that it was “pure gratuitousness of the Lord”.  The only thing that the Lord asked was their unconditional response to compassion and solidarity without exclusions.
 
We see through this parable that the some guests rejected the invitation and some came without being invited, which is something that happens sometimes in our society.  A while ago I attended a wedding feast and many photos and videos were made of the couple with their family, but what was my admiration when it was verified in the video that the one that danced and enjoyed the most “did not have a wedding garment” and was not even invited to the wedding by the couple nor by the couple’s family.  The young man had “slipped” into the party and enjoyed it without being invited.  When he was asked all he said was:  “If we are all Christians why can’t we share together?  Yet there were some who had been invited and said they were going and then did not go and left empty the table and the buffet.
 
In the case of the parable we have the freedom to accept or reject the Lord’s invitation because until the last day of our life God respects our free will even though our salvation is at stake.  Those that accept the invitation to the feast of the Kingdom have the garment of Baptism, God’s grace, who acts in their lives, and manifests themselves in a consistency of life.  As Paul says:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  It is the strength of Christ who helps us to bring forth fruits of justice and holiness of life in the family and in the community.
 
Brothers and sisters, we are called to participate in the feast of the Kingdom and respond positively to the plan of salvation manifested in Jesus Christ.  Remember that the logic of the love and compassion of Christ is wiser than human thoughts.  “The Lord is more concerned in uniting us in His feast of salvation than making exceptions of people”.