TUESDAY: Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
God invites to a Covenant of Love
The reckless and inexcusable rejection of the invitation to the divine banquet is reminiscent of the parable of the seeds that fell among thorns. Jesus concluded the cares and worries of worldly life chocked them and stunted their growth. This human trait is still pervasive among Christians today.
According to the gospel of the day, Jesus cited various examples common to his time, which are still prevalent in today’s world. The excitements of secularism, the din and glamour that come with it, the upsurge of hedonism and the rapid decline in spiritual matters make it increasingly easy for the baptized unconscientiously and unceremoniously abstain from the celebration and participation in the Holy Eucharist to attend to personal matters. This calm indifference has become a culture among Christians today. They are thoughtless of the consequences of their actions. They are deliberately violating the conditions of their covenant relationship with God in Christ Jesus in Baptism.
The messianic banquet must never be taken for granted; our salvation, our eternal joy, our resurrection, and happiness depend on it (Is.25:6:12; Jn.6:53-57). God loathes the arrogance of men and women and he destroys the structures that uphold them (Lk.1:53). He will take the invitation from those who prove themselves unworthy and give it to those who will reproduce the fruits and benefit of the kingdom (Matt.21:43) just he demonstrated in today’s Gospel.
Jesus calls us to be poor in spirit. That is we must be meek and humble. In other words, Jesus wants us to be humble and obedient servants like himself (Phil.2:6-11). So humble and obedient that nothing else takes precedence over his will and his word (Jn.4:34). We will live and die by his word as a public and voluntary display of our love for him (Jn.14:23).
This whole idea of fidelity and urgent response to his invitation are reminiscent of the notion that we are indissolubly one body with Christ and with each other and the celebration of the Eucharist or the messianic banquet is really about creating the environment of heaven on earth and preparing for the Lord’s second coming. We put our time, talent, and treasure where our mouths are to make Christ present felt in our midst as we celebrate the wedding feast of Christ to all nations on earth – rich and poor alike.
Lord, keep me faithful to your covenant of love.