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“‘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.”

We are foolish to decline an invitation to eat the Bread of the Kingdom of God, the Bread of Life, a foretaste of the life of the world to come! It is the most precious invitation God, our King, has to offer each of us. Sadly, the called are still making excuses. So many reasons people find not to attend Sunday Mass: sports, work, vacation, it’s the only time I have to run my errands, etc.

The servants brought in “the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame…and still there is room.” So they are ordered to “Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled.” Herein lies our second responsibility to answer the King’s invitation. Not only are we to partake of the Great Feast (every week), but we should also share this unfathomable gift with others.

What is our motivation? Our missionary hearts are set in us by God, “It is from God’s love for all men that the Church in every age receives both the obligation and the vigor of her missionary dynamism, for the love of Christ urges us on” (CCC, 851).

We learn two simple lessons from this parable: to accept God’s gracious, open invitation, and feel free to bring a friend (or ten).

This post first appeared at the Diocesan

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