In today’s Gospel, Jesus told a story about a man who prepared a great feast for many. By the time of this great feast, many of the invitees turned down the invitation because of other “important” obligations. Upset and filled with anger, the master of the house then ordered his servant to go out quickly to the streets and alleys and bring back the sick and crippled, blind and lame. The servant returned and accounted that there was still room. Finally, the master ordered the servant to head out once more to the highways and hedgerows along them to tell anyone to come to the house for the feast prepared, and that those who were invited but didn’t come will never taste his dinner. Those who declined the invitation didn’t prepare themselves. They didn’t recognize the importance of the feast. They were preoccupied.
It’s easy nowadays to lose track of what is really considered important and we tend to put those unimportant things before our God. We reason that doing these so-called important things of the world are greater than driving towards the Feast. Isn’t He more important? If only we remembered at all times that the Eucharist is the foretaste of the kingdom of Heaven. Imagine what The Feast, the Heavenly Banquet, is like. It’s incomprehensible.
We’re all invited. Sick, hungry, poor… you name it. But don’t be fooled by appearances, God is always looking into our hearts. Did we put Him above everything in our lives? Have we loved one another? Have we been living our lives for Him? God’s doing anything He can to get us to come to this Feast. We’ve been invited countless times before and are still being invited right now. He wants to be important in our lives so that me way eventually be there with Him in Heaven, to join in His Banquet. But how can we if we don’t accept? And how can we enter if we don’t prepare ourselves?