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RSVP to God’s Banquet

RSVP to God’s Banquet

“‘Come, everything is now ready.’ But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves” (Luke 14:18). Immediately, when called to communion with the King, the invitees start making excuses. They cling to their worldly attachments, putting their to-do lists and material desires before the relationship with the King. Sound familiar?

Were you at Mass last weekend? Did you put aside all worldly distractions to be present at the most lavish banquet the King has to offer? Recall Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”

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How Not to Be the Wicked Tenant

How Not to Be the Wicked Tenant

Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” 
-Matthew 21:43

These verses from Matthew’s Gospel are a parable, an allegory of Salvation history. God is the Vineyard Owner, the prophets are servants, and the Son is Jesus Christ. He would come in the name of the King and be rejected and killed. It was the practice in Jesus’ day that the land tenants would give a portion of their proceeds to the vineyard owner.

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Accompanying Jesus

Accompanying Jesus

Christ’s disciples included some women, among them Mary Magdalene—who was the first to announce Jesus’ Resurrection to the Apostles. She would also be the first person to whom the resurrected Jesus appears. For these reasons, she is referred to as the Apostle to the Apostles.

Jesus healed Mary Magdalene from seven demons (Luke 8:2). I don’t know anyone who doesn’t wrestle with demons in their life. And, there are some, I believe, that only Jesus can remove. Mary Magdalene, once healed, became a fervent disciple of Jesus, staying close, knowing He was all she needed. Mary Magdalene possessed a faith strong enough to afford her the courage to stand at the foot of the cross during Jesus’ crucifixion.

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