28th Sunday of the Year: Welcome to the Feast.

Banquet

Study:  How do I respond to the Lord’s call to the Eucharist?

Pray:  Take time each day to listen to the Scripture readings for daily or weekly Mass – it is a powerful way to prepare for the Eucharist.

Serve:  Is there someone who you can bring to Mass?  Perhaps the fellowship or hospitality may help another to grow in faith.

Mass Readings – 28th Sunday of the Year

Two themes surface in the readings today that require further reflection:
1. God prepares a banquet for us
2. God invites us to come to the feast

The imagery of the banquet feast is found in the readings from Isaiah, the Psalms, the Matthew’s gospel. There are several points of interest here:
* God does the cooking! (Not us!)
* The food is the finest quality (rich & choice)
* The banquet is an important event (you better show up)

The fact is, when God throws a feast it is lavish in every detail. The event is on a grand scale with the best food and drink. What’s more, the Lord is the host of the meal! God prepares a banquet in every respect – as Chef, Host, Servant, Substance, and Lord.

The “feast” has more than just one meaning. This banquet is first of all the great gathering at the end of time when we join the Lord in heaven. This “heavenly banquet” is the final celebration when all the saints unite in the glory of the risen Jesus; what a meal that will be!

Furthermore, since the resurrection of Jesus, Christians have gathered together for the Lord’s supper, where Christ himself feeds us with his Body and Blood. Here on Earth we are “saints in the making” who strive to follow the Lord through the struggles of life. This Eucharist is the feast that gives us the strength we need to face each day with faith, hope, and love.

Both of these banquets – one on heaven, the other on Earth – are presented by the Lord. We receive Christ’s body and blood so that we might follow the Lord through this world to the world that has no end.

Now the second point is this: Do we come and attend? If Christ has prepared a banquet for us in heaven and on earth, then do we respond to the Lord’s call by receiving his heavenly food on earth, and living on this earth as citizens of heaven?

Today the Lord calls us to the great banquet that will happen at the end of time. This feast is the final goal of our journey of faith. For this journey we need strength, and the Lord provides each week for the spiritual food we need to continue on our way.

May we come and receive with open hearts!

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Note: This blog was originally published on October 6, 2014.


27th Sunday of the Year: Working in the vineyard. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

The Lord offers a parable to illustrate what happens when we persistently turn away from God.  Perhaps there have been times in our lives when we know what to do, but we haven’t done it;  today offers us a fresh opportunity to draw near to Christ and – with his help – respond to the unique situations of our lives with in manner worthy of Jesus.

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Daily Mass: Christ empowers us! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 26th Week of the Year (Our Lady of the Rosary)

The 72 disciples return to Jesus, rejoicing at how their lives – empowered by Christ – have made a difference.  Their “yes” to the Lord inspires us to do the same, offering our lives so that Christ can work through us in the world today.

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Daily Mass: Woe is me! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 26th Week of the Year

It will not go well for the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum; Jesus preached in their midst and they have not responded.  It’s a good reminder for us who have been raised with the Gospel…are we merely “cultural” Christians, or has the Good News touched our hearts and changed our lives?

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Daily Mass: Know the Lord, and share what you know! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 26th Week of the Year

Jesus sends out 72 disciples – in pairs, trusting on God’s providence and facing tough struggles – so that they can proclaim the Kingdom of God.  Nehemiah and Ezra remind the people of Israel not to forget the Lord.  The Church needs both: we come to know God so that we might invite others to know the Lord as well.

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Daily Mass: The cost of discipleship. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 26th Week of the Year (St. Francis of Assisi)

Jesus makes it clear in the Gospel today that to be a disciple is not for the faint of heart; rather, it will call us to place God above all else as we live in the world.  It begs the question: what’s most important in your life?

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Photo credit: Some “saints” from the 2016 3rd grade class at Cathedral School!


Daily Mass: Are you offended? Injured? Learn from Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 26th Week of the Year

James & John are offended by a Samaritan village and threaten to call down fire from Heaven.  Jesus rebukes them, reminding us all that when we feel injured or offended to look to the Cross and see God’s solution to our human sin.

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