Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Prepare for the Eternal Banquet. Thursday 20th Week Ordinary Time

Breakfast with the Word Thursday 20th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

 

 

Matthew 22:1-14

 

In June 2016, the photos of late Sister Maria Cecelia an Argentine nun, who died smiling on her death bed went viral on the internet. People were shocked on seeing someone smiling despite the fear and excruciating pains of death. What would have been the reason for this unusual gesture? Many were asking. 

 

Sr Cecilia was known to have lived a holy life. She is an ardent lover of the rosary and the poor. 

The striking significance of the solemn phenomenon that happened at her death bed was that Sr Cecilia suffered greatly due to cancer that affected her lungs. But at her death, she became calm and was seen smiling. 

 

 

Her face was beamed with joy as she passed on, unlike what we see today. One striking comment made about her says “ truly there is a joy for the righteous at last”. 

 

 

Today, Jesus uses the analogy of the King’s feast to explain in the first place that there is an eternal banquet awaiting all. God is inviting every person to this eternal banquet. 

 

 

This eternal banquet was first of all for the jews but they seem like people who are not ready for it. They give excuses not to partake in it. Hence, God invited not only the jews but all of us.

 

 

So, everyone is invited to this eternal joy, but to be fully part of this eternal banquet we have to prepare and dress in the robe befitting for the banquet; which is the robe of righteousness. 

 

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The Royal Wedding.

 

 

In the gospel, Jesus uses the wedding feast organised by the king to make us understand his message. 

In the Jewish community, marriage feasts are taken in high esteem. Then, Jesus uses this to explain the eternal banquet and joy that await us at the end of our lives. 

 

 

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God’s invitation to partake in this great feast of His son Jesus Christ was extended to the Jews first. They refused to accept Jesus as the messiah.

They refused to accept this invitation, paid no attention to it and even persecuted the prophets and the disciples that God sends to them. 

 

 

 

The gospel says that the servants invited everyone they met both worthy and unworthy. This indicates that God does not restrict the attendants of this royal feast only to the Jews. The feast is now open to all both, Jews and gentiles. So, He also invites us, to be part of this joy. The question today is “how ready are we to partake in this eternal banquet?

 

 

In the parable, just like many that God calls, occupy themselves with many things in this world, and forget their souls. We also occupy ourselves with many things in this world. We do not think about how our last end will be. Therefore, we seem not to be ready for that yet. If God calls us today, how ready are we?

 

 

 The Robe for the Feast.

 

 

Before one attends a feast, He needs to dress in the proper attire. When you do not dress in the  proper attire, they may treat you with scorn. No one goes to the feast without preparing and dressing in a befitting attire.

 

 

This is the reason we have to prepare ourselves for the eternal banquet. 

Despite that God invites all of us, He still requires us to put on the robe necessary for this great feast.

 

 

 

 To know what robe is that we have to seek the help of the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah captures this when he says “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation

 And arrayed me in a robe of His righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels (Isaiah 61:10).

Therefore, we have to clothe ourselves with the robe of righteousness to be part of this feast. Without holiness, no one can see God ( Hebrew 12:14). 

 

 

This is in fulfilment of what God tells the Israelites when He set them apart. He warns them “You are to be holy to me because I the Lord am holy. I have set you apart from the nations to be my own” (Leviticus 20:22).

 

 

 Now since God has extended this invitation to all, He also extends this requirement to all of us. Therefore holiness is priceless.

 

 

 

 The Judgement.

 

 

 

Today’s gospel reveals two times the King was angry. 

1.First was against those who rejected and persecuted the servants.

2. Second is the person that was not in the garment befitting the marriage feast. 

The above reasons explain that the refusal to accept this invitation, indifference and lack of concern about our salvation can lead to God’s anger at last. 

 

Also, the inability to enrobe ourselves with righteousness and good deeds can make us lose eternal joy. 

Therefore, as we try to make it in this life which is temporary, never forget the eternal life. 

In this gospel, Jesus reveals that the joy that is awaiting us, at last, is beyond our imagination and understanding. 

 

 

St. Paul says “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. ( 1 Cor 2:9). Let us prepare ourselves daily to be part of this eternal feast, so as not to regret it at last. Let us always prepare for the eternal banquet. 

 

 

May God have mercy on us and give us the grace to journey to the end. May He give us the strength to conquer our challenges. Amen

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39 Comments
  1. EMMANUEL AMOS FRANCIS says

    Amen father

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela says

    Amen

    1. Amara Daniella says

      Amen and Amen. My soul glorifies the Lord my saviour. PS: without holiness no one can see God. Therefore if you must desire eternal life disease from sin and strive to doing the wil of God all day. May God forgive us and help us and walk us through the way of holiness through Christ our Lord Amen.

    2. Elizabeth says

      Today’s gospel teaches to be righteous and holy. We need to wear that robe daily so as to be close to our Lord. We also need to be ready when called upon. Accept the Lord when called instead of refusing to go to His banquet.

      1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

        Amen! & Amen!🙏🙏🙏. Another interesting & inspiring msg… May God grant us the grace to always be in the state of holiness & Worthy of partaking in this eternal Banquet he prepared for all of us, Amen🙏

  3. Ozoana Collins says

    Amen! May God forgive us the invitations we have neglected to answer and the ones we have answered without proper attention. Amen! Thank you Padre. God bless you.

  4. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen

  5. Okeke Paschaline says

    AMEN

  6. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord give me the grace of genuine love for you and final perseverance. Amen

  7. Charles Ndubuisi says

    Well Articulated.

  8. Onome Okpu Wilfred says

    Thank you father for this food for thought..
    More Grace

  9. Omeke Kelechukwu Philomena says

    Amen
    Thank you so much Fr.

  10. Imoh Michael says

    Today’s reading n reflection is telling me that:

    – Jesus is calling me everyday in His word, thereby inviting me to partake in His eternal banquet (heaven)

    – Through the word I hear everyday, God is telling me to change my ways and follow Him.

    – For me to partake in His banquet, I have to be righteous and live a good life.

    – Eternal banquet is a place of eternal joy, happiness and fulfilment for God’s children.

  11. Emelda says

    O Lord, May I always be prepared for this great feast, so help me God…….. Ameeeeeeeeen.🤲

  12. Onuora Judith says

    Have mercy on us Lord for the many times we have turned down your invitation. Amen

  13. nwigwe Grace says

    Amen
    Thank you padre

  14. BeatriceKc says

    Amen.
    Without Holiness, no one can see the Lord. May Jesus Christ through the intercession of His mother, Our Lady Most pure help us to seek righteousness even at the last drop of our blood, amen.

  15. FloxzyUc says

    Amen

  16. Lau says

    Amen and you too.

    1. Jossy o says

      May the Almighty God grant us the grace to wear the robe that is necessary for this Heavenly Banquet in Jesus Name 🙏

  17. Eze Chizoba Amuche says

    Amen and amen

  18. Victor says

    Amen. 🙏

    1. Obika Chidimma says

      Amen, God please forgive us concerning our refusal to accept the invitation.

  19. ASELLA says

    May Almighty God give me the grace of holiness as I want to partake in this everlasting Joy and also help me to conquer every challenge in my life through Christ our Lord, Amen.

  20. Ngozi says

    Amen

  21. Precious says

    Amen!!!

  22. Jossy o says

    May the Almighty God grant us the grace to wear the robe that is necessary for this Heavenly Banquet in Jesus Name 🙏

  23. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Amen Thanks Padre

  24. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏🙏

  25. Sr. Catherine Nzekwe says

    May the Lord grant us the grace to fulfil our journey to perfection in him, Amen.

  26. Anyanwu Chiamaka Lilybel says

    Amen 🙏 and may he give us the grace to always Yearn for him and avoid desires of the flesh 🙏

  27. Eme says

    Amen

  28. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen, God bless you fr. Really we need God’s mercy and his grace to be part of those in the rope.

  29. Anigbogu Anthonia Nkiruka says

    Amen. May God have mercy on us and may His grace see us through to the royal wedding banquet. Amen.

  30. Prince Gee says

    Amen!
    We rely need God’s grace to conquer everything militating against our preparation for eternal life with God…
    Be blessed the more Padre in the Lord’s Vineyard… Amen!

    1. Helen says

      Amen! Thank you Padre. God bless you 🙏🙏

  31. Prince Gee says

    Amen!
    We really need God’s grace to conquer everything militating against our preparation for eternal life with God…
    Be blessed the more Padre… Amen!

  32. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God we need your Grace

  33. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Father

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