Tuesday 31st Week of the Year.
Jesus is so vulnerable, that he is not satisfied until his banquet Hall is full.
Jesus tells us today’s parable to assure us that His Kingdom,
the way he does things, is always inclusive and welcoming.
It was initiated by someone stating a beatitude,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
Hearing the characters in the parable
that reject the king’s invitation
reminds me of the times
that I wanted to do things my way, on my terms.
Or the times that I didn’t make the time
even to listen to the invitation –
to what God was offering me.
It is absurd to not give myself completely to God
who alone can make me completely happy.
I foolishly think I can rely on my limited resources
to fix anything and everything.
How much better it can be entrusting my cares
into the very capable hands of my Heavenly Father
who is the best and the most capable being that could ever exist.
Our Heavenly Father who invites us to this banquet
doesn’t mean just where he is in heaven
but all that he can accomplish and wants to do
in our human life and through us in our world.
It is everything we can’t do for ourselves.
That’s why it’s heavenly.
And one last point Jesus tells this parable
to show us how vulnerable he is to us.
It sounds like he isn’t going to be satisfied
until we are all sharing in his abundance.
Think of all the empty seats at a weekend Eucharist.
Give us the grace to make them welcomed
and long to be with Jesus and his church every weekend.
Let’s think about that drive in Jesus
to fill his banquet hall when we meet those
who have intentionally rejected his offer,
those who are sick and in the highways and byways of life
where no one notices them.
May we treat them with so much dignity
that they too will know the Lord’s abundance through us.