Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint John Eudes—Priest and Mystic (1601-+1680) Patron of the Order of Our Lady of Charity
Book of Judges 11:29-39a, Psalm 40:5, 7-8, 8-9, 10, & Matthew 22:1-14
My friends, the day's readings are exquisite. If you have some time, go back and reflect on them as they are rich and insightful. However, I would like to consider the "king" referred to in Matthew's Gospel.
Jesus offers us an intriguing parable about God, who is disguised as the king. Our Lord describes the great extent to which the king went to create a memorable celebration for his son's wedding reception. He made a list of guests, sent out invitations, and provided a magnificent feast. Then the king sent his servant out to summon the guests to the party, not once but twice. The best of these "nonresponsive guests" were busy with work or other excuses and ignored the servants. The worst of them killed the king's servants.
This part of the Gospel made me stop and think about the time, energy, and work the king had done to host a wonderful celebration for his son. And what was the response? Non-commitment at best and murder at worst!
In studying and reflecting on what the Gospel message suggests, I suspect we should think about our response to God's invitation to us for a closer relationship with Him. How often do we ignore God's invitation? Are we so busy with work, children, retirement, or whatever else that we cannot hear God call to us? Even worse is contemplating our possible indifference to God's invitation, just like some of the king's guests. God offers us a closer relationship every day, and unfortunately, many of us miss it because we don't take the time to sit with Him. Let us think about that. Better yet—pray to Him about it.
Question of the Day: How will you accept God's invitation of perfect love, His perfect Son, Jesus Our Risen Lord?
Prayer: "Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will."