Gospel Reflections

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew 22:34-40

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Maura McMenamin

Published: October 12, 2014

Read Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, "Teacher, which... Read More…


There are many layers to this parable and many historical interpretations. However for those of us reading it today, perhaps there are certain challenges pertaining to the global village which we inhabit.

If we think of God as the host then we must be the invited guests. How do we respond to God’s invitation? How do we define “wedding garment?” Saint Paul helps us here when he speaks of putting on love over all else. This sounds easy but in the selfish and egocentric world in which we dwell this is somewhat of a challenge. All around us are invitations to seek the latest gadget which will make life easier for us and keep us tuned into the “real” world.

This invitation is given to us, freely, by God who is LOVE and whose gifts are freely given. Acceptance of these gifts brings with them a humbling and tremendous responsibility and privilege to follow His Son.

Again “love” is used in so many contexts, from “fancy” through to “worship,” and all stops in between! The love which is involved in the following of Christ is a love which is to death. It costs not less than everything. Christ Himself modelled this for us by His death on the Cross. We may not be called to pay the ultimate price but there a hundred and one little deaths which we can cheerfully accept.

Questions
Are we ready for this invitation which God in his great love offers all persons each day of our lives?
Are we ready as Christians to meet the daily challenges in our world of so much violence and injustice?
Are we ready as Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, as Associates and Co-workers to continue on our “Journey of Fidelity?”

Prayer
Lord, may we always know the joy of living in your presence and grow in the hope of seeing you face to face in your everlasting kingdom.

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