Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In other years: Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)Readings of the day: RB 12Mass: Isaiah 25:6-10a; Resp. Psalm 23; Philippians 4:12-14,19-20; Matthew 22:1-14
The WORD proclaimed is a feast to behold!
In a recent conversation, two of us were talking about how we are always in the Divine Presence. Always. Still, we manage somehow to not even take notice. We go about our grumblings, bad moods, self-centeredness, preoccupations with trivial matters, being over-burdened, irritable, and busy; all things that dull our senses and prevent us from recognizing God in our midst. What a pity.
Meanwhile, the living and true God is inviting us to the feast, to put on the garment of love and bear fruits of the Holy Spirit: joy, peace
, patience, kindness
, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The LORD spreads the table before us, laden with juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. God is inviting us to build the kingdom of heaven on earth. God will heal us and help us to carry our crosses. We can do all things in HIM who strengthens us; God will supply whatever we need. The ever-present God envelops us in love, mercy, and compassion and calls us to extend love, mercy, and compassion to our neighbors and to ourselves.
As we enter the Twenty-Eighth in Ordinary Time, may we go gently and not get bogged down with ourselves and miss the presence of LOVE in our midst. The invitation stands: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet and everything is ready; come to the feast.” Lord Jesus, grant us the grace to enthusiastically RSVP with a resounding, “YES”
. Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
May the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts,so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.ALLELUIA.