Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Aug 31st, 2019 by Parish Office | 0

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

When we eat a meal, there is so much more happening than satisfying our physical hungers. We are in relationship with those around the table, sharing conversation, serving one another and being sure everyone has had the opportunity to eat and be satisfied. A banquet makes this even more so. There are places of honor, invited guests, the occasion itself which inspires our best manners and attire.

The image of a banquet is used often in Jesus’ parables to speak of the heavenly gathering of God’s people. There, we all are the honored guests. No one is set apart as more deserving or more important than another. Jesus wishes us to see the radical unity by contrasting it to our normal way of looking at others. We often sort people into important and not important, deserving and not deserving, welcome and not so welcome.

The Mass gives us this experience of unity. We pray for unity throughout the Mass and all our actions are directed by this one truth, we are all one body in Christ. One way we can express this, experience it and help others to experience it as well is to welcome the stranger and greet everyone with a smile. We can also show our concern for others who might have been missing, are grieving or not feeling well. The virtue of “hospitality” is critical for our experience when we gather for the Lord’s banquet of the Eucharist.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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