RSVPing the Lord!

Luke 14: 15-24 Tuesday of the Thirty First Week in Ordinary Time I will accept God's invitation and not put anything in front of my prayer life today.
by Fr Steven Reilly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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Luke 14: 15-24

Introductory Prayer: 
Oh God, thank you for allowing me to come into your presence. Your love enlarges my soul. I long to see your face! I come to this prayer with a thirst to just be in your presence, relax under your loving gaze. May my presence here be an expression of my love for you.

Petition: 
Lord, help me to put aside all excuses when invited to your banquet.

1. Valuing the Invitation: 
Some of the happiest moments of our lives are spent around a banquet table. Milestones are celebrated there, friendships grow deeper, and relationships are renewed. Could this be why Jesus so frequently used this image to describe heaven? Let's spend a moment thinking about the joy of heaven o of this never-ending feast. We cannot fathom what it will be like to see God and the inexhaustible beauty of his Triune majesty. And the company will be great! In the heavenly banquet it doesn't matter where you sit: you'll be next to a saint, and the conversation will be wonderful!

2. Legitimate RSVP? 
Going to a banquet takes some effort. You need to get a babysitter, pick out something to wear and possibly alter previous plans. If the invitation isn't valued, that effort won't be forthcoming; instead, you will make excuses. They may express a reality o those oxen are ready to go! o but they camouflage the real issue: that particular banquet doesn't seem worth it. This should make us reflect on the excuses we have about our spiritual lives. Do they mask a growing spiritual mediocrity?

3. The House Will Be Filled: 
The master of the house is upset because the people that should have been the first to accept his invitation turn him down. But everything is purchased, and the party is ready to go. Someone will have a chance to enjoy it. Here perhaps is another angle for reflection: We are that master's servants. He wants his house to be filled, and he needs us to make it happen. The servants are quick and agile, and they understand what the master wants: There's still room! So too, let's ask the Lord to give us apostolic hearts that won't rest until the house is full. What a feast that will be!

Conversation with Christ: 
Lord Jesus, I am looking forward to the day 
when we will be with you at the feast of the
Kingdom of Heaven.Help me to understand
that the joy and happiness of that banquet
are worth the sacrifice of any worldly priority. 
So often I have excuses. Give me strength never
to be pulled away from you.

Resolution: 
I will accept God's invitation and not put anything in front of my prayer life today.







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