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Oct 11 Homily Connect: Everyone Is Promised A Place At The Table

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?

Live Connected

  • Consider ways that you can embrace what is good, embrace other people and make room at the table this week