Banquet Invitations

When was the last time you were invited to a banquet? Oddly enough, mine was just this past week, but I declined because I have something else going on that evening.

In the First Reading we learn that the Lord of Hosts provides a rich feast for everyone. The hand of the Lord rests on the mountain…and on the people we are told in Isaiah. In the famous psalm this Lord is reckoned as a shepherd and the people need not want for anything. God has it. Anything we need, God provides, even in the valley of death.

In Philippians, a servant has learned to live in both abundance and poverty. This one throws himself completely on the mercy of God and trusts that all shall be provided. Gratitude is expressed for those who offered to help him in his need. Thanksgiving is always a good choice.

The puzzling Gospel disturbs some people I suppose. Is this King a tyrant who will destroy the city in which his guests live in his rage? Many are invited but few are chosen. The banquet table awaits us and I have no easy understanding of this reading. Instead I am going to practice saying yes to the invitation that counts and join my community at the table tonight, in Thanksgiving for all the kindnesses received.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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