Thursday, August 18, 2011

Will You Accept the Invitation?

This was the entry in today's Living Faith:

The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast . . . Matthew 22:2

As incredible as it may seem, some people turn down the invitation. They either ignore it completely or become so involved in their own concerns they have no time for it. . . So much of our time is spent either climbing the economic ladder or just trying to keep our heads above water. It is not that the concerns of our lives are ignoble; they are not. But even if we are interested in the banquet, we do not seem able to afford the time and energy it might require. And so we send our regrets: I cannot come.

What a shame! We seem to have forgotten that everything is tending toward the end; life itself is moving toward the time of the banquet. All of our plans, all of our interests, all of our distractions will cease. Only the banquet will remain, and we will have turned down our invitation.

- Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.
Preaching the New Lectionary: Year A

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