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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Wedding Banquet


The Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and
pure, choice wines . . . he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples . . . he will destroy death forever.

The kingdom has been prepared, and it is coming. Jesus likened it to a wedding banquet
to which the invited guests are summoned.

Of course, there are some who refuse to come. They prefer to remain mired in their op-
pressive attitudes, their discriminatory relationships with others, their violent approach
to solving social problems. They prefer revenge to forgiveness. They prefer the superior-
ity of some to the equality of all. They see victimization and blame the victims. They are
the invited guests who are unfit to come.

There are those others, however, whose love for God expresses itself in eagerness to do
good for others. They are the ones who live in the house of the Lord, preferring love, for-
giveness and equality. They will welcome the coming of the kingdom with the cry: let us
rejoice and be glad that God has saved us!

Gerald Darring

“Christians cannot yearn for anything more ardently


than to serve the men of the modern world ever
more generously and effectively.

Therefore, holding faithfully to the gospel and


benefiting from its resources, and united with every
man who loves and practices justice, Christians have
shouldered a gigantic task demanding fulfillment in
this world.

Concerning this task they must give a reckoning to


Him who will judge every man on the last day.”
Vatican II, Constitution on the Church in the Modern
World (1965) 93
October 12, 2008
Some καιρός / kairos thoughts…
καιρός / kairos—Greek—time—viewed as an occasion rather than an extent
“Do what you
would wish
them to do
unto you”
a voice whispered
and she responded
with hospitality

with soup and


benches
and bags of
clothing

yes—clothing
and feeding
and housing
the homeless
the rejected Prayer List
the unwanted
Pray the rosary for world peace, Avis Cox, Fr. Clarence Biggers, Gladys
the absurd Christs and Ben Kramkowski, Rita Moenk, Doug Bearden, Sarah Snider,
who fit not Thornton/Lynch family, Julian Campbell, Annie & family, Connie, her
in churches mother & family, Blake, Erik, Jonathan & family, Sharon & family, Will,
nor prisons FMS, Cap. Corp., Patrick & Brittany, Broughman family, Fannie Crowder
nor hospitals & family, VAL, Father Ingram’s father & family, Karen’s mother, Cheryl
Mobley & family, William Hudson, Robert, Walter, Danielle, Christopher,
the absurd Christs Barbara, Katherine, Nicholas, Kaylin, Kasie, Mary Beth & family, Mary
who slip through Ann Mahoney & family, Donna & family, Ann Chancellor & family, Sheila
every mental grid & family, cancer patients & families, military & families, Brandon,
and Plantation Villa residents, Don, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. & Mrs. Rooks,
Katherine & family, Mr. Dunn, Mr. & Mrs. Barlow, Jane & family, Scott &
rational sieve
family, Diane & Peter, Michele & Gary, Lucy’s father & family, Bobbie,
those to whom Joan & family, Karl’s mother & family, June & family, Tina & family,
no law or structure Belinda & family, OLM family, Kat, Delgratia & family, Mr. Gomez &
can apply family, Sara’s mother, Dr. Lynch & family, Rob/Allie & family, Chuck &
family, Frank & family, Liesa & family, mother of Dr. Petros, Dr. Issa &
the Christs walking family, Odessa, Anita’s mother & family, Ruby, Ruby’s mother & family,
on water Davies family, Katie & family, family of Angie, Ann & family, Gretchen &
instead of using family, Eileen, Scott & family, Robert, Flavia & family, Tony’s family, Roy
boats or bridges & Martha Wright, Roy, Alice Swygert, Alan, Nard, Tony, Glenda, Nelson,
J. Bob, Munn, Vogt, Wolfe families, Russell & family, Ola, Gene Wilson &
the Christs reaching family, Jane Brock & family, Janet Kramer & family, Elayne & family,
their purpose to live Winnie, Phil & family, Tony, Stan, Emily & family, Ruthie & Ed, Mr.
to love Bergin & family, Russell & family, Mrs. Sanseverino & family, CC Center,
veterans & families Jessie Emmett, Mark, Michael’s mother, Carrie,
and embracing it
VAMC, Rambo’s mother & family, Josephine Mary, Mary Anna, S. Paul,
Tony, J. W. Wilson & family, Jason & Kim, Josie, Kelly, Mickey’s family,
anda Poem from liturgy.slu.edu
Jon & Janet Cook & family, Karen’s cousin, Mike Aguado & family, Carl &
family, Dr. Lopez & family, Dr. Vanapalli & family, Dr. Nair & family,
Garrett & family, family of Duffie, Aaron Christian, Marina & family,
Mitchell’s father & family, Estella’s mother & family, Kerry’s mother &
The kingdom of heaven is like a wedding family, Gail & family, Beth & family, Bernard, Anna & family, Sara Lucas
feast—God is wedded to his people, but the & family, Mary Gilliam & family, Delgratia & family, Bobbie Elayne &
family, Carol, Cheryl Mobley & family, Bettie & family, Jane & family,
Lord has trouble getting his guests to come to Scott, Chris & family, Michael & family, Carolyn Williamson, Berger
the feast! Everyone (from even the highways family, Mendez family, Ikai family, Joshua Moser, Stephanie Christian,
Chris B., Justine McGuire, Anna & Henry, Mary & Leonard, Mary
and byways) is invited to fill up the numbers, but Ondovchik, Ann Rudy, Peggy Cable, Claude Rickman, Dames gang, Chris
& Stevie, Paula, Dan & kids, Jim Cannon, Marcus Osborn, Amy & family,
everyone must take a proper wedding garment. Phil Lee, Jack Sexton, Denise & Sam Kell, Chad Nostrant, Randy Taylor,
Baptismal initiation comes before the wedding Brian Strickland, Florence & Vincent Santaniello, Anderson family, Chris
Stahler family, Frank, Mary Jo Shamas, Frances Homsey, Gus Kneidinger,
feast of the Lamb of God at the Eucharist. This Barbara, Carole Chiani, Paul Williams, Robin Renc, Gary & Sharon Creed,
is our God in whom we hope for salvation, and Barbara Carl, James & Phyllis Wham, Dan Kessler, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Fry,
David Hempen, Steve Kirkland, Michael Cofer, Buddy Brasher, Lana
we rejoice that he is saving us. We are all invited Adams-Tidwell, Kathy McGhee, rain, Helen Anderson, Kelly Timken,
Carol Ross, Heather & Heidi, Carol Thornton, Sonya Robinson, Gary
and no excuses are accepted. RSVP! Toler, Lamont Davis, Beverley, Kayla Sullivan, Dr. Marcelo Santiago &
Text, Philip J. Sandstrom, S.T.D. © 2002, OCP. All rights reserved. family, Victoria LaCerha, Mark May, Emilia, JT, Heidi