Posted by: livingscripture | November 7, 2017

31st Tuesday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

November 7, 2017

31st Tuesday in Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

 

The master then ordered the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled (Luke 14: 23)

 

How shall I live this Word?

This Word is part of a parable that Jesus improvises almost as a comment on what He had said during a banquet, ‘Blessed is the one who eats food in the Kingdom of God’.

We know the parable.  A man prepares a great supper and invites many people.  Even in those times, people who were very rich, did not consider the cost.  However, among the many guests invited, very few are willing to come.  They all present their excuses and then continue along their way.  However, the important man does not let this stop him, so he spreads his generosity to the poor who have neither home nor a good life, some of whom no longer even seem human and sends out his servants to invite them in, because he wants his house to be filled.  Perhaps we would run away from such a banquet with guests like this!

However, this is precisely what the parable wants to tell us.  The Kingdom of God is not a privilege but a gift for everyone.  It is sad that many, taken up by their affairs and absorbed by interests that are anything but spiritual, turn their backs on God and His invitations that are aimed at our salvation.  We are consoled by the fact that His love does not give in.  No person can be excluded from His Love.  Thus, there is no person who does not merit our esteem and attention as well.

Lord, grant me a heart whose love extends to everyone because You have called everyone to the festive banquet of infinite joy in Heaven.

The Voice of Samuel Johnson, British writer

 The true measure of a person is seen in how they treat someone from whom they can receive absolutely nothing.

 

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