Father John Molina - October 22nd, 2017
Reflection: Pastor’s Note
We, as the Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit, need to rediscover our call to mission among our own people first. More than the understanding of the old fashion missionary that went to foreign lands to catechize and to convert people to Christianity. We have to learn to bring the Good News of the Gospel to our own neighbours. We need to start changing our own culture. There is no doubt that Christians today find it difficult to live by the words of the Gospel and to accept the person of Christ and his life-giving message. We live in an era and culture which are increasingly secularized. The explicit signs of this “cultural secularism” are the denial of any mention of God, the false opposition of faith and reason, and the loss of a transcendent view of the human person and his or her destiny. The implicit signs are evident in daily life: the cultural and moral relativism which questions the basic meaning of human life and relationships, often promoting self-centered aspirations, a consumer mentality, and a growing spiritual malaise. Thus Christianity is being pushed further and further to the margins of our society. This ultimately touches the very fabric of Christian life, but particularly our parish communities.
Father George Palamattam CMI
2O17 October 15
28th Sunday of the Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 25.6-10 “The Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces”
The Psalm 23 “He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake”
Second Reading: Philippians 4.12-14, 19-20 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
The Gospel: Mathew 22.1-14 “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.”
Be among the Called and Chosen
In today readings there are two feasts, in fact three. Isaiah is presenting a feast prepared by the Lord, a feast of rich food. In and through it the Lord is wiping away all the tears from the people. This is a very consoling, enriching, and desirable scenario. St. Paul enjoyed and appreciates the generosity of the Philippians; it was not a feast but people made provisions for St. Paul and he is thanking them and imparting on them a blessing. But the feast Jesus presents in the parable is really scary. Many were invited. Some rejected the invitation, in fact most, if not all, rejected. Some even insulted and infuriated the host by mistreating and killing the servants who were sent to remind the guest to come for the wedding feast. It was rejection of friendship and an invitation to relationship, which the king offered to the people, his guests. However they chose to reject both. The wedding feast was ready and the king did not want to waste the food prepared, and so he collects people from the town, from the main streets and sideways and fills the hall. From the parable we can infer that, since the new guests were not necessarily from the ‘nobility circle’, the king even provided them with the wedding dress in order that they may come well dressed for the occasion. Now it seems one among the new invitees did not care to put on the wedding garment given. The king did not have an option but to throw that one into the outer darkness. Our reflection should bring us into our own selves. What has been our response to the invitation of the Lord? Now, we must find an answer to a question, namely, is it God who rejects us and does not care for us, or are we the ones who reject God and his generosity, his blessings and his offer of friendship and companionship with us. The choice is ours; options are given to us. Any choice we make will have consequences. That is the meaning of accepting or rejecting the offer of God’s friendship and his desire and design to enter into a relationship with us.