Monday, November 04, 2013
Tuesday 31st Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
November 5, 2013
Tuesday 31st Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Memorial, All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus
Rom 12:5-16 / Ps 131: 1bcde. 2. 3 / Lk 14:15-24
The same with us; being many, we are one body in Christ, depending on one another. Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Are you a prophet? Then give the insights of faith. Let the minister fulﬁll his ofﬁce; let the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince. You must, likewise, give with an open hand, preside with dedication, and be cheerful in your works of charity. Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Love one another and be considerate. Outdo one another in mutual respect. Be zealous in fulﬁlling your duties. Be fervent in the Spirit and serve God. 12 Have hope and be cheerful. Be patient in trials and pray constantly. 13 Share with other Christians in need. With those passing by, be ready to receive them. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not wish evil on anyone. 15 Rejoice with those who are joyful, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in peace with one another. Do not dream of extraordinary things; be humble and do not hold yourselves as wise.
Upon hearing these words, one of those at the table said to Jesus, "Happy are those who eat at the banquet in the kingdom of God!" Jesus replied, "A man once gave a feast and invited many guests. When it was Time for the feast, he sent his servant to tell those he had invited to come, for everything was ready. But all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'Please excuse me. I must go and see the piece of land I have just bought.' Another said, 'I am sorry, but I am on my way to try out the five yoke of oxen I have just bought.' Still another said, 'How can I come, when I've just got married?' The servant returned alone, and reported this to his master. Upon hearing his account, the master of the house flew into a rage, and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' The servant reported after a while, 'Sir, your orders have been carried out, but there is still room.' The master said, 'Go out to the highways and country lanes, and force people to come in, to make sure my house is full. I tell you, none of those invited will have a morsel of my feast."
Depending on which side of the fence we are in, this is welcome or unwelcome news. If we are those invited and make excuses, what a great loss! But if we are those poor, crippled , blind and lame who don't deserve the great banquet – what a great consolation! The key here is discernment. Many times we don't recognize this banquet. It is not recognizable at first sight, because the invitation of the Lord looks like work, sacrifice, and a waste of time. Examine your lives and see the times when the Lord God presented himself to us an event, an opportunity to dine and feast with Him. The feast is to enter into God's will by dying to ourselves and sharing in the resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. It means to enter into our daily crosses and share the victory that Christ has won for us. It seems there is no glory to do good, no joy in serving the Church and the people of God. Sharing ourselves does not seem like a banquet at all. But behind all these challenges, moments to live our Christianity and faith, a banquet really awaits us. But we give excuses because we are selfish and in the end, when we try to find our lives, we lose it. We will miss the feast if we do not put God above everything else. God wants to bring all to heaven by following Christ.
If you are reading this reflection today, it means you are invited. Respond with wisdom and discernment.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of Mariam Dedios, Ma. Amparo Dedios
… Birthday: Mary G. Marasigan
.. In Memoriam: Roperta Santiago, Go Bon Chong, Soterania Santiago, Amado Santiago, Bernardo Santiago Jr., John Blackwood, Bill Conn, Leon Sayran, Bill Tanner
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
Birthday: Fr. Ramon Mores, S.J.
Wedding Anniversary: Anton Catherine Seville
Birthday: Benito S. Cua (Nov 5, 1935 - Mar 4, 2003)
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Have a good day!
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