Kai Del Mundo, Little Whispers

You’re Invited

First Reading
ROM 12:5-16AB

Brothers and sisters:
We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them:
if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 131:1BCDE, 2, 3
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

Gospel
LK 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'”


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“He replied to him, ‘A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, ‘Come, everything is now ready.’” (Luke 14:16-17)

REFLECTION
Have you ever been invited to a birthday celebration, a party or a date but you weren’t in the mood for anything and all you want to do is stay home? That’s when you start giving random excuses to your friends, hoping that they will believe you.

1) I have a lot of work to do!
2) I’m not feeling well!
3) Mahirap magcommute/magdrive! (It’s difficult to commute or drive!)

And the list of “excuses” goes on.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about one of the greatest stories in the Bible. It’s about the Parable of the Great Banquet, where a man prepared an extravagant feast and invited many guests but they began to make excuses and ended up avoiding the celebration. This story reminds us of how Christ invites us into His kingdom. Many times we forget that Jesus always reaches out to us, giving us everything we need and still we choose to ignore and reject Him. You have a choice to accept His invitation or simply refuse it with your excuses.

Friends, let’s always remember that Christ’s invitation and promise of an eternal life is free for all. It is a gift, and a privilege, and all the blessings that come with it is available to all who will come to Him by faith. All you have to do is accept Him in your life. He has prepared everything for you already. Christ may be knocking on your hearts today. Accept His invitation and get ready for His surprises and get ready to be soaked in His grace!

Prayer
Thank you Lord for this great reminder of Your amazing love for us. Thank you for making us feel that we are special for You invited us into Your kingdom. Help us Lord and give us grace that we may accept Your call with a whole heart and with no hesitation. In Jesus name. Amen.

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