22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 1, 2019

Aug 30, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

Little children beg to sit next to Grandma and Grandpa at holiday meals. Why? Because they want to be near those who love them and who shower them with attention and gifts. At Jesus’ “wedding banquet,” should we not all be clamoring to sit next to Jesus who loves us more than anyone and showers us with attention and gifts beyond imagining?

Jesus uses the occasion of a dinner to teach us something about the true “place of honor” at his “wedding banquet.” This is not a limited place reserved for a select few. We are all called to live and act as Jesus, the Host who invites us to deepen our relationship with him and each other. We are all called to be near him who showers us with the most unimaginable Gift of all: a share in his divine Life. Every time we respond to his invitation to nearness, he seats us at his “place of honor.” How blessed we are!

We live and act like Jesus our Host when we make him the most important guest in our heart. With him as guest in our heart, the space within us expands to include everyone – “the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” Many sit with us in the “place of honor” as we, like Jesus, make more and more room. How blessed are we, indeed!

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter