October 15, 2017 - 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Is 25: 6- l0a / Phil 4: 12-14 / Mt 22: -14
FROM THE FIRST READING: Is 25: 6- 10a
On this mountain Yahweh Sabaoth will prepare for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, meat full of marrow, fine wine strained. On this mountain he will destroy the pall cast over all peoples, this very shroud spread over all nations and death will be no more.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 22: 1 - 14
Jesus spoke this parable, "This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king celebrated the wedding of his son. He sent his servants to call the invited guests to the wedding feast, but the guests refused to come.
"Again he sent other servants ordering them to say to the invited guests, 'I have prepared a banquet, slaughtered my fattened calves and other animals, and now everything is ready; come then to the wedding feast.' But they paid no attention and went away, some to their fields, and others to their work. While the rest seized the servants of the king, insulted them and killed them.
"The king became angry. He sent troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is prepared, but the invited guests were not worthy. Go then to the crossroads and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast.
"The servants went out at once into the streets and gathered everyone they found, good and bad alike, so that the hall was filled with guests.
"The king came in to see those who were at table, and he noticed a man not wearing the festal garment. So he said to him. 'Friend, how did you get in without the wedding garment?' But the man remained silent. So the king said to his servants,
'Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the dark, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
"Know that many are called, but few are chosen."
In parables Our Lord tried to teach us about the kingdom of heaven. In today's parable we are told that all are invited to the kingdom of God. Many originally invited refused to come and even insulted and killed some of the king's emissaries.
Wishing to fill his already-prepared banquet with guests, the king tells his emissaries to "go then to the crossroads and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast."
When the king came to his banquet hall, he found one without the required wedding garment. Unable to explain his not having the wedding garment, he is thrown out into the outer darkness.
In the first reading the prophet Isaiah speaks of God preparing a huge banquet "for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, meat full of marrow, fine wine strained."
This invitation to God's kingdom is extended to all: an invitation of God's graciousness and grace, all are invited not because they deserve it but because God is generous and gracious. With the invitation comes some accountability: the guests had to put on the wedding garment provided upon entrance to the wedding hall. God's forgiveness is not without our repentance. To share in God's banquet is to share in the life and mission of his Son Jesus. To share in the joy of God's kingdom is to follow his Son Jesus, to love as Jesus loved and to forgive as Jesus forgave.
God invites us, all together and each one individually. Are we ready to accept? How do we accept his invitation?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ARLENE ARAO BEN ONG
NATALIE C. UY
IN MEMORIAM (†)
FELIX A. ESTRADA
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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