Reflektion från Fr. Neary

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.
 Strange Ways
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 this feast.
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


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