Sunday, October 9, 2011

Invitations to the Feast

He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. (Matthew 22:3)
I feel sad when I read this. I feel sad to think that some people refuse God's invitation. They don't hear it or they hear it but they are not interested.
I feel sad to think of what some people are missing. I feel sad to think that Jesus is sad. He wants to save us all.
I myself didn't go to the feast for a long time. I either said No to the invitation or ignored it. Now I know what I was missing. How lost I was. How hurt I was. How alone I felt.
As St. Augustine said - Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.
So I do my best to summon others. I do my best to "invite whomever that (I) find." (Mt 22:9)
Lord, I hope and pray that all will hear your call and will attend the wedding feast. Help me to evangelize others and bring them home to You. Amen.
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15 comments :

mary333 said...

I didn't go to the feast for a long time too, Colleen, and like you I wish I had. No, people don't know what they are missing. I pray this prayer that all will hear his call with you.

Michael said...

Colleen, I am with you 100%. I feel so sad for those people that do not accept the invitation. It's such a beautiful banquet they are missing ...

God Bless you

Colleen said...

Mary, thanks for praying with me. We know what life is like without the feast and with the feast. We know the difference it makes. God bless!

Michael, thank you! It is so beautiful. What a life God has given to us! God bless!

Karinann said...

It is sad Colleen. People seem to be searching for something to make them happy, but they have know idea what or Who it is. St Augustine's quote is so appropriate and true in these cases.

Colleen said...

Karinann, I know what you mean about people searching for they "know-not-what" ... St Augustine probably knew how it felt before his own conversion!

Daily Grace said...

We cannot have strong families or societies without God, yet we always think we know better...As my children have grown up and went on to form their own lives there are times when we all don't see each other as much as I would like. I tend to get sad about that, and then I think, I wonder how many times God thought I was too busy for him. How many times did he wait for me to pay him a visit and I didn't make the time.

Great post Colleen. Thank you

Jean Wise said...

At Sunday school we talked about this passage. I had just suggested imaging being the different characters in the story when it hit me: how could they say no? yes it is sad because we really know Him. But honestly too often I get too busy with my own stuff and do ignore the invitation. yes I saw myself in the story too clearly. This is one gospel lesson that will linger with me....

Colleen said...

Daily Grace, thank you for sharing that thought about being too busy to visit with God. I have to ponder that one!

Jean, thank you for sharing too! I get too busy too. I agree that this will linger with me - in fact I hope it never leaves!

pjw919 said...

How great and gracious is our God that we are welcome whenever we come.

Colleen said...

pjw919, amen!!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I literally ran away from the feast for years, looking for happiness and fulfillment in everything but God. I'm so glad God kept calling and gave me the grace to finally answer. All the promises of the world are lies. All God's promises are true.

Colleen said...

Barb, thank goodness God never gives up on us. I like how you put it - "All of the promises of the world are lies. All of God's promises are true." Amen!

Kathleen Basi said...

And how often we continue to say no to growing in appreciation for the feast...showing up is only the first step.

Just another suburban mom. said...

I know what you mean. I too didn't even know there was a feast for a long time. I feel sad for those who do go but don't even know it especially in the Mass. Beautiful sentiments!

Colleen said...

Kathleen, oh you are so right. It really is a journey, isnt it?

suburban mom, I know what you mean. Like Kathleen said. Showing up is just the first step. Thanks!