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August 18 - Mt. 22: 1-14

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordAugust 18, 2022
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today's other readings are Ez. 36: 23-28 and Psalm 51

I'm too busy too busy to pray, too busy to go to church, just too busy.  

How many times have I heard that from people in the past when I invite them to come and be part of the parish.  Just too busy.  

Today's parable is a strong challenge to such thinking.  The king invites many to the feast, and soon, everyone is invited.  But so many are so busy - they decline the invitation.  And there is someone who stumbles in to the feast, but is not properly prepared for it - it's like he has tried to "crash" the gathering.  He was so caught up in so many things that he wasn't truly prepared to be part of the celebration.  

Jesus concludes by saying, "Many are called, but few are chosen".  Some scripture commentators have said that a better translation would for chosen would be "choose to come".

Jesus issues a warning for those who refuse the call.  So please do accept the call to come and follow Him, in anticipation of the eternal feast in Heaven.