Tuesday of 31st Week of Ordinary C

An Invitation Requires a Response

Today’s Gospel is an alarm for each and every one of us to reexamine ourselves on our response to God’s invitation. We might want to ask: What is God’s invitation for me? Does it benefit me when I respond to his invitation here on earth? Do I have to wait until I die to experience the great banquet in heaven?

Let’s us first listen to those who were invited to come for a great dinner, reported in today’s Gospel, and excused themselves saying, “I have purchased a field and must go to examine it… I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them… I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.” Even with all the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame, there is still room for a great dinner. God is so generous said to his servants, “Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled. For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.”

This great dinner that we are all invited is the Seven Sacraments in the life of the Catholic Church. The Sacrament of Baptism is the open door for us to come into this great dinner. The Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation are the delicious food and drink and conversation that we share with one another at the great dinner. In this great dinner, there are some food and drink that bring healing such as the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of Anointing of the sick. Lastly, at this great dinner, one would be enjoyed two great services such as the Sacrament of Holy Order and Sacrament of Matrimony. What are the excuses for us to come to this great dinner?

Excuses are: I want to let my children make a decision for themselves to be baptized or not when they are the age of reason. My children and grandchildren are demanded to play sports in school and study extra, they don’t have time to go to religious education classes (CCD classes). They just have to do this when they have time. Going to confession, then go home and commit the same things again and again, there is no point to go to confession then commit sins again. Why don’t I wait until before I die? It takes too much time and money to marry in the Catholic. When I especially already married once in the Catholic Church, now it’s going to take a long time to get annulment so to be married again in the Catholic Church. I just quit the Church and enjoy my marriage life outside the Church. These are some simple and normal excuses that we might use to refuse to come to the great dinner. Have we ever been invited to a great dinner? Would we accept the invitation or we rejected? Is there too late to join again? The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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