FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
31st Tuesday of Ordinary Time
November 5, 2019
WORD of the DAY
One of his fellow guests on hearing this 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.’ …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.’” (Luke 14: 15-19/23-24)
How shall I live this Word?
In this Gospel, Jesus highlights the great generosity of God for every human being. He wants everyone to participate in the heavenly banquet and thus sends His messengers to invite each person met. But some remain in their petty needs (I bought a field, I bought some oxen…) and they do not take advantage of the goodness of the host. He wants to fill his hall on the occasion of a feast and thus sends his emissaries to go out into the streets and invite whoever they meet to come to his feast. Those who make various excuses exclude themselves from this feast.
It is a reminder for all of us, especially about participation in the Eucharist, the banquet par excellence in which we anticipate on earth the feast of the community united to God and to our sisters and brothers.
Dear Lord, makes us worthy of Your feast and grant that we may approach with joy Your holy Eucharist to live in charity and in union with You and all people on earth.
The voice of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
The Eucharist is the fullness of divine love. Here, Jesus does not only give us His merits and His suffering, but all of Himself!
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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