28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 15th October, 2017

Liturgical Reflection

Banquet Prepared
 

Aren’t we the lucky ones having a banquet prepared for us, all because those who were invited first seem to have had something better to do? Maybe this blessing is why some ‘new-agers’ see us Christians not so much as lucky but arrogant and self-satisfied, as taking advantage and exercising privileges not afforded to others.

Then again, maybe we are not those who eventually got to eat the goodies after all, but are instead those ‘chief priests and elders of the people’ that Jesus was addressing in this analogy. Those people with wealth and power making the rules and regulations that it suits them to keep for their own advantage, but not recognising the hurt they can cause to others. No wonder Jesus spoke in parables.

The feast that the king had prepared is also reminiscent of the ‘table’ prepared for those who trust in the Lord as shepherd. A table prepared for us in the sight of our foes. So much to think about. So much complacency to avoid.

Could it be that another of Jesus’ teaching points is that we should accept God’s banquet with gratitude and not rely so much on provisioning ourselves? We seem obsessed with providing for our futures and the futures of our children and their children. Superannuation and various insurances dominate our thoughts, when we all know the present is all we truly have and it is full of the gracious gifts of God; His banquet.

Here thoughts also turn to Paul’s being prepared for poverty or plenty and not much minding which it is because in God’s grace all things are for the good.

 
 

And why fuss about the dress code? Maybe this ‘wedding garment’ is the ‘new garment of God’s righteousness’ spoken about in Job or the armour spoken of in Ephesians: ‘the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness… the peace that comes from the Good News… the shield of faith… salvation as your helmet… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’ Of course, it is reasonable to expect us to wear these to the banquet.

A lovely thought for meditation: Jesus himself as the son for whom God the father prepared the feast and we are there as dear, treasured and eternal guests.

Let us accept God’s grace and pray for humility.

Judith Croke