Come – the Lord has prepared a banquet for us!
This week’s readings remind us that God desires to be generous to us. He not only invites all to share in his great feast of life, but also fills us with his strength – the power of Christ at work within each one of us.
Isaiah (first reading) describes the banquet the Lord has prepared for all people on his holy mountain – a place where death is destroyed, and all can rejoice in God’s saving power.
The psalm also reassures us of the great feast spread for us by the Lord, our Shepherd, the one we can trust to guide and comfort us.
St Paul, writing from prison (second reading), similarly tells how lavishly God meets our needs, in the way that only God can. Though Paul has experienced all sorts of hardships, he knows God has equipped him to deal with absolutely anything, both good and bad. This amazing strength comes from Christ, whose empowering grace is greater than anything we can desire or imagine.
In Jesus’s parable of the wedding banquet (Gospel), many of the invited guests refuse to come: some just continue with their business; others kill the messengers. But the king then commands that all are invited – good and bad – to fill the empty places. In the same way, God invites us all to share in his kingdom – can we respond positively?
This week, I might ask God to help me say a confident ‘Yes!’ to that invitation, and to pray for even greater dependence on his power working within and around me.