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Twenty-Eighth Sunday - Year A

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
Matthew 22: 1-14

The Word of God this Sunday, the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, encourages us with a poetic vision of God’s kingdom in its fully rolled-out perfection. The Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah in the first reading promises us that sin and death will be healed and conquered forever, and those who have freely and humbly responded in love by way of faith will know God’s dream for them come true in the joy, peace, and holy communion of heaven.

The psalm teaches us how to pray for such faith and how to express it.

In the second reading Saint Paul writing to the Philippians, guided by the Holy Spirit, shows us what peace the blessed assurance of faith can bring us through all life’s blessings and challenges.

In the Gospel of Matthew today Jesus takes up that well-known banqueting image of God’s reign from the prophet Isaiah but adds a new twist - a strange unsettling episode of a man who was unexpectedly invited to a banquet only to be thrown out again for breaking the dress code.  Of course Jesus is not speaking here about tuxedo, top hat, and tails!

The garment that fits us to stand in God’s presence are the spiritual clothes of humility, repentance, faith, and self-emptying love.  Dressed in these things we resemble Jesus.  Such designer-wear brings deep joy to the one who designed us in his own image. 

We pray for the wisdom and openness to grace it takes for such a makeover.

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP
Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin