28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 15, 2017

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 142

 

Reading 1IS 25:6-10AOn this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face; the reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.On that day it will be said: “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6R. (6cd)
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORDfor years to come.R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.Reading 2PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20Brothers and sisters: I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance.In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.I can do all things in him who strengthens me.Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.
AlleluiaCF. EPH 1:17-18R.
Alleluia, alleluia.May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
GospelMT 22:1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying,”The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a kingwho gave a wedding feast for his son.He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,but they refused to come.A second time he sent other servants, saying,’Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed,and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.The king was enraged and sent his troops,destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,but those who were invited were not worthy to come.Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.But when the king came in to meet the guests,he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’But he was reduced to silence.Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’Many are invited, but few are chosen.”In his homily, Fr. Luis instructed us to interpret this gospel as an exaggerated story to make the points Jesus is trying to convey. All the characters are abnormal, from the murderous invitees to the king himself. But the meaning is the point: the lack of appreciation for God’s generosity, the sinful behavior that results from that lack of gratitude, and the disrespect to God are serious offenses. It is a difficult reading for our age and Fr. Luis urged us to look deeply into the reading for its true meaning.
Fr. Luis also encouraged us to be generous and helpful to the people who have been impacted by the tragic fires in our region.

Psalm 23 is a comforting psalm to be sure but all the more so when sung by the town shrink!
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