for the twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year
Is 25:6-9 - Ph 4:12-14 & 19-20 - Mt 22:1-14
by Canon Dr. Daniel Meynen
The Feast of Hope
Is 25:6, On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined. 7, And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8, He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken. 9, It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
We are Christians, we belong to Christ! For Christ is God, the one God of all the universe, visible and invisible! And there is no other God but him. In creating us, he looked at himself and made us in his image and likeness. He freely made us, out of love. He made us in order to have someone to talk to. But above all he made us in order to invite us to his Feast!
How is all this possible? Could it be that he needs us, his creatures? No, but God wants to show us how great his Love is, going so far as to make himself our food under the species of the Eucharistic Bread and Wine! In giving us the Body and the Blood of his Son, God talks to us and feeds us for eternal Life!
is the Eucharist a food? I've already answered this question on a
previous occasion. You can find the answer in my book: "The
Eucharist: the Church and the Heart of Christ", in no. 49. This
book can be found on my site:
In summary, I answer this question by saying that, if we consider God as living in himself, then God is the Father who begets his Son in the Holy Spirit. And that, if we consider God as he creates and reveals himself for Love of his creatures, then he is the Father who gives his Son as food to the world in the Power of the Holy Spirit, he is the God who converses and eats with men!
The Feast that God prepares for us is like a trial that is set before us: we must believe that the Feast is true, we must hope for this Feast as the single motive of all our desires, we must love this Feast as that which will give us the most succulent dishes for our soul and our body. We must above all show that we are worthy of being admitted to this Feast: we must have total confidence in God who will put his Omnipotence into action to assure us this dignity! "It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation." (Is 25:9)
Ph 4:12-14 & 19-20
Ph 4:12, I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13, I can do all things in him who strengthens me. 14, Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 19, And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20, To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
In today's second reading, Saint Paul invites us precisely to put all our trust in God, as he himself did: "I can do all things in him who strengthens me. " (Ph 4:13) And then he adds: "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Ph 4:19) Let us have confidence in God! To lead us to the Feast of the Kingdom, God will put his Omnipotence into action! With the grace that God gives us, let us be led by the Spirit!
Mt 22:1, And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2, «The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. 4, Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.' 5, But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7, The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8, Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9, Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.' 10, And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11, But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12, and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13, Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' 14, For many are called, but few are chosen."
Who are we? Were we not created by God to praise him, honor him, and serve him? Are we fulfilling our role as creatures? God invites us to his Feast. And what do we do? God invites us to hope that one day, soon, very soon, we will eat with him, at his table; and we remain deaf to his invitation and his call? "But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them." (Mt 22:5-6)
Let us think carefully about what we are going to do today! For we do not know if we will have a tomorrow. Let us pray to the Lord, now! Let us pray to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, now and at the hour of our death! "For many are called, but few are chosen." (Mt 22:14)