Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101517.cfm
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
This sounds harsh and cruel, but the Lord is telling us we must come prepared. We cannot go about our daily life, not paying attention to the call of God and expect to be received into the Kingdom of Heaven. We are all called, but we have to answer yes and live the life we say yes to. How do you live your life? As the Lord wants or as you want?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, the day I said yes to you, you changed my life. I became not only a believer, but lived the life you asked of me. Thank you for changing my life and giving me the grace of freedom of your banquet. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.