A fellow said –
‘bad enough he was in the pub, but now I have to be beside him at Mass’. Said
jocosely but the point is that everyone
is invited to the banquet of Jesus like the gospel today. and we never know who
we might meet at Mass.
Jesus has strange
ways of looking on who to invite and who are the most important.
There were strict
codes of place- names and seatings at this type of party. Jesus was going to
cut through these. He also had upset things earlier by healing a very sick man
on the Sabbath. He started talking then about who to invite.
No pecking order
at his invitation. The narrow door of
last week has been pushed wide to let them all in.
The community of
Christ doesn’t admit of differences that put us down. He was always saying
this, and saying it to the proud and haughty .
For others, life had taught them to be humble and they could probably enjoy
Grateful for small things
Humble people are
grateful for small and big things; they pray often and easily; they know they
have faults no better or worse than most, and know they need God’s mercy; they
love children because they are childlike at times, and they know they are not
humble all the time. They don’t take themselves too seriously and are
compassionate to the faults of others. They know who they are – in one way the
least of all, but always loved, always forgiven, always a child of God.
Donal Neary SJ