Jesus spoke to [the chief priests and the Pharisees] 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. He 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."
Come to the feast. This is God's invitation for us all. God wills to give us overflowing grace and wants us to enjoy an abundant life. Our God is great and generous. God's law is not a law of sufficiency but a law of abundance.
Think of the feast of creation - according to the Church's teaching, God made the world and everything in it for the use of every human person. "The best things in life are free," says the song, and indeed, sunlight, the air, the moon, and the stars are free. And, of course, God's love is free! Then there is the feast of the Word of God (how rich a fare we find in the Bible!) and the Eucharist, where we eat the Body and drink the Blood of Christ. How abundant are his daily graces coming through the love of others for us!
Let us respond to God's invitation, welcome what God sets out before us, give thanks for them, and share them with one another.
Make of every day a feast of the Lord!
SOURCE: "366 Days with the Lord 2012," ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.,); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.