I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Reflection for Sunday October 12, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 22:1-14

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, "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. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen."
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What are we going to do if say for example a neighbor would invite us to go to church for Holy  Mass? Should we accept it or not?  It would be easy to accept the invitation for those who grew attending Holy Mass. But it would also be hard to accept the invitation if those who are being invited are not regular Sunday Mass goers. We would use or even create every available means to avoid going there. 

But what are we missing when we refuse the invitation of the Lord to be present at Holy Mass? We miss being in heaven for an hour while we are still here on earth. We miss to attend the holiest and blessings filled gathering of people.    

In our gospel, those who were invited refused the invitation of the king to attend the wedding feast of his son. For they all have their own preoccupations and priorities, but come to think of it; what is one hour for the wedding feast?  What is one hour for our attendance at Holy Mass compared to seven days or 168 hours that we give to our personal lives in a week? 

Jesus in the gospel invites us to go to Holy Mass, He doesn’t care about who we are: How sinful we are, how poor or rich we are. What the good Lord only cares is our willingness to be with Him at Holy Mass so that He could spiritually bless our empty and barren lives.

If our focus is always with our personal and worldly activities we will end-up with nothing eventually. What is with all of these worldly activities when all of these are not permanent and lasting? When all of these we will leave behind when we eventually die! Many of these worldly undertakings that we prioritize over our worship for Jesus could even result to the disintegration of our family/families. Or could even result to our getting sick!  

What would it benefit us if we gain all the material riches of this world yet we don’t have Jesus in our lives? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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