Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen: Are You Dressed for the Feast?
Reflection – 28th Sunday OT – Year A
My brothers and sisters, in today’s Gospel, we hear that many are called, but few are chosen. Each of us is called to follow the path to sanctity so that we may one day participate in the Heavenly Banquet for all eternity. However, we should ask ourselves: “Am I responding to God’s invitation and call?” God Himself invites us to the Feast: He invites us to daily and Sunday Mass, where we have the opportunity to participate in Heaven. But do we accept this invitation?
To answer this question, I would like to draw your attention to the end of the Gospel where we hear how, when the King came in to meet the guests, he found that one man was not dressed in the wedding garment and banished him from the banquet. What is the meaning of the wedding garment? The wedding garment is a sign that a person has fulfilled God’s will and his life has born good fruit in God’s eyes.
Our lives are fruitful when we are faithful to God’s will. For a mother, fulfilling God’s will might mean caring for her children and her family, even at her own expense. For a father, this might mean fulfilling his duties at work and meeting his obligations toward his family. For a child or a student, this might mean learning well and being obedient to his parents. How we fulfill God’s will in our lives is different for each of us and depends on our vocation. But, we can see if we are being faithful if the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are present in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
My brothers and sisters, let us not be found too busy to respond to God’s invitation. Let us always be found ready and willing, so that our lives may bear fruit and we may find ourselves dressed in the wedding garment at the Heavenly banquet.
Yours in Christ,
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