TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
God invites you to His heavently wedding banquet. If you accept, wear your wedding garment.
The purpose of the presence of the Church in our world is to ensure the salvation of all souls. So the Church as a community of Faith has the missionary mandate and the obligation to make every necessary provisions to save souls. The Church does not only extends the divine will and vision for humanity but also represent the divine presence to shepherd every soul to secure and protect them. Therefore, leading them to the Kingdom of God (or heaven) to enjoy the eternal bliss, joy and peace is her ultimate goal. Everyone is included and is expected to cooperate for salvation. Indeed, It is the will of God that all shall be saved. His Kingdom is for all. No discrimination. The universal nature of His salvation makes it possible for anyone who is ready and willing to be saved.
That is why in the first reading God throws standing invitation to an everlasting joy of a Heavenly banquet on the mountain in the Holy city of Jerusalem with juicy food and the choicest wine for his chosen people. By this, the prophet Isaiah describes the Messianic banquet that allows everyone including the gentiles.
This indicates the blessings and happiness the Kingdom of God brings. As Christians it is not automatic to be part but rather our consistency and commitment to our faith and relationship with God. This banquet is yours for receiving and God intends it for you. Don’t loose it but gain it.
That is why in the Psalms God, as a good shepherd, does not spare nothing to provide nourishments for us, His flock.
In the second reading Apostle Paul expresses his appreciations for the financial support the people offered him. He reveals that he lived as guest in the Kingdom of God enjoying every spiritual benefit as a man of Faith. So he assures us that God will provide for us. As Christians we must be grateful to one other for everything. Gratitude must accompany our expression of faith. We must acknowledge that our strength comes from God and our future hopes revolve around His son Jesus Christ.
Lastly, in the gospel reading Jesus Christ offers this parable to teach us a lesson that the kingdom of God is open for those who are ready and willing to enter but not for those who claim to have right like the Jewish leaders. Those who are consistent in wearing their wedding gown will be eligible. Meaning, if we really want to enter the Kingdom to be saved we need to constantly be in the state of grace by avoiding sin and do good.
Faith over fear... Keep the Faith... Lets meet in church....
SALVATION DEMANDS COOPERATION...
Fr. Emmanuel hails from Ghana and is passionate about the Gospel and bringing the love of Christ to all people. He speaks several languages, enjoys soccer and cooking, and loves St. Francis of Assisi.