Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 11, 2020
IS 25:6-10A, PHIL 4:12-14, MT 22:1-14
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.”’
An Important Day in Our Church’s History
- October 11, 1962-the opening of the Second Vatican Council
- With the Holy Spirit’s help, opening the window to the world
- Let the fresh air in
- Big crisis in the Church that would need to be solved
- No fights over doctrine, only a reframing to make user friendly
- Become a medicine of mercy rather than severity
- Bring unity to all people and religions
Good Pope John XXIII
- People were stunned and shocked by his kindness
- Rocked the Church on its foundation
- “Lord, you take care of your Church. I’m going to bed”
Jesus Impacted Lives with Stories-Window or Mirror Parables
- Mirror parables always reflects back on the listener –The Good Samaritan
- Window parables cause the listener to look out to a see signs of the kingdom breaking into the world
Jesus Tells the Parable of the Great Banquet Feast
- Do people have a great desire the Great Banquet that is the Kingdom of God?
- Everyone is promised a place at the table. No one is excluded
- Some have little desire to attend and make excuses
- Some have other priorities rather than to gather around the table of the Lord
What do you see when you look into the world:
- Beauty, truth, goodness?
- A single human family?
- The Lord at work in the world?
Jesus is Still at Work in the World
- He loves us and holds us in his hands
- The Father does not see us at a battlefield of good and evil
- The Father loves the good and the bad
- Never stops loving the world.
From our Window
- Let’s celebrate all that is good
- Let’s embrace every person
- Let’s make room for everyone at the table where Jesus is the gracious host
Questions for Reflection
- What impacted you from today’s Readings and/or homily?
- Consider what you see when you look into the world: beauty, truth, goodness, a single family, and God’s hands in the world?
- Consider ways that you can embrace what is good, embrace other people and make room at the table this week