Tuesday, the 31st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Didacus
Readings for today’s Mass
In this story, Jesus told of a man who threw a big dinner party for himself and invited all those people who would invite him back in return. Not one of those guests came to the party. His house and banquet hall were empty, so he does exactly what Jesus said to do yesterday. He sent his servants out to invite the poor, the crippled the blind and the lame. But there seems something else going on that doesn't quite square with what Jesus said yesterday.
Let's consider the party thrower's motivation for his generosity. Two things in the story reveal the master's heart. First he ordered the servant, "Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled". Really?! Make them come to my party and fill my house. That seems the action, not of an open-handed invitation, but of one trying to save face. It has the sound of Oh yeah? I'll show you. One way or another, I'm having a party! It's a game of one-upmanship.
But now hear his the last words of the story: None of those men who were invited will taste my dinner. i can almost hear him spit the words out as he flips them off.
i wonder if this is what Jesus meant when he suggested invitations to the poor instead of the rich. Today's master invited the poor in spite of the rich. This man's intentions were not pure.
Your thought for the day are the words of Teresa of Calcutt: Keep your heart pure. A pure heart is necessary to see God in each other. If you see God in each other, there is love for each other, then there is peace. Find an opportunity to give it a try.