October 12, 2014

28th Sun., Ordinary Time

October 12, 2014:  28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Look
  • 'Apple,' 'grapes' pins:  The Lord will provide a feast of rich food and choice wines (1st reading)
  • 'Sheep' tie bar:  "The Lord is my shepherd" (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  The Lord's hand will rest on this mountain. (1st reading); "Bind his hands and feet." (gospel)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  many are 'called' but few chosen (gospel)
  • 'Cups' tie:  "My cup overflows" (psalm)
  • Green shirt:  "In verdant pastures he gives me repose" (psalm), Ordinary Time season
Listen
For 1st reading, 2nd reading, and gospel
    For psalm
    See Ed Bolduc's blog for more including these:
    Pope Francis homily

    Missionaries live the Gospel, going out and bringing the good and bad to the King’s wedding feast; if the Church stops moving, she falls ill.  Missionaries look to Christ, share the grace they receive, become all things to all, live in poverty or abundance, do all things in him who strengthens them, going forth confident in the Lord who called them.  Our mission is to proclaim God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness, revealed to us in Christ.  Missionaries break the bread of God’s word for the poor and bring the gift of the Savior's love, as SS. François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation did.

    "Remember your leaders, those who spoke God's word to you; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith” (Heb 13:7).  Missionaries' example sustains, attracts, and inspires us; they're fruitful witnesses who bring forth life!  “Recall when you struggled.  Confidence brings a reward.  You need endurance…” (Heb 10:32-36).  To honor those who endured suffering, show humility, mercy, and courage, and bear fruit.  Commemorate your witnesses, missionaries of faith; let them sustain you in your journey.

    Read
    • Is 25:6-10a  The Lord will provide a feast of rich food and choice wines, destroy veil, web, and death, wipe away tears, remove reproach.  "Rejoice that God has saved us!"
    • Ps 23:1-6  "I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."  The Lord, my shepherd, leads, refreshes, and guides me and gives me repose.  You're at my side giving me courage.  You spread the table and anoint me.
    • Phil 4:12-14, 19-20  I've learned how to live well-fed or hungry, in abundance or need.  I can do all things in him who strengthens me.  God will supply your need.
      "Weeping and gnashing of teeth" (gospel)
      Thanks, "guest dresser" Lucy!
    • Mt 22:1-14  "A king gave a wedding feast for his son sent servants to invite guests, but they didn't come.  He sent others to invite more, but some ignored them and others mistreated them.  He then told his servants to go invite whomever they find.  The king saw a guest not in a wedding garment and asked him why; the guest was reduced to silence.  The king had him bound and cast outside.  Many are invited, but few chosen."
    Reflect
    • What about the guy without a proper wedding garment?  Whether he refused a provided garment (as some say) or just came in with dirty clothes, the issue is how we prepare; see Bible Gateway and Bible Hub.
      • Creighton:  Isaiah's prophecy offered hope.  Psalm 23 paints a picture of goodness-filled life with God.  Paul tells the secret of living in abundance or need:  God supplies.  The gospel tells how spurned invitations and an un-garbed guest insult the king who ordered him bound and cast into darkness.  By contrast, Jesus who unbound and freed Lazarus into light invites us to freedom and life.  God longs for intimacy with us; listen to Jesus' invitation.
      • Passionist:  As people ignored the invitation or were hostile or disrespectful, people still ignore it (in favor of money or power...) or are unwilling to change.  What is my response?RSVP!
        Wordle: Readings 10-12-14
        Words of today's readings
      • DailyScripture.net:  Heaven is the wedding feast of all feasts.  The wedding guests the king invited in advance spurned him, putting their interests ahead of his.  Jesus was warning Jews whom God wanted to share in the kingdom and not refuse his Son.  The "bad" second-round invitees signified Gentiles and sinners.  This invitation of grace also includes a warning for those who refuse it or don't prepare:  grace is gift that carries a responsibility.  "Cheap grace is what we bestow on ourselves:  forgiveness without repentance, grace without discipleship, cross, or incarnate Jesus.  Costly grace is the gospel we must keep seeking,  the gift we must seek, the door at which we must knock; it's costly because it calls us to follow Christ, costs life, and gives true life." (Bonhoeffer)
      • Universalis:  If not Sunday-trumped, St. Wilfrid, bishop, missionary, monk, Easter-calculator, worship promoter...