Daily Gospel Reflection for August 20, 2015

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Gospel Reflections 800x800 blue outlineToday’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

God invites us to the Feast. Some people refuse God’s invitation. I wonder if they don’t hear it, or maybe they hear it but are not interested. Or maybe they are afraid. I feel sad to think of what some people are missing.

Then I remember. I myself didn’t go to the feast for a long time. I either said no to the invitations or I ignored them. Now I know what I was missing. Now I look back and see how lost I was, how hurt I was, how alone I felt.

Why did I finally accept the invitation? I can only say it was out of love. Love for my husband first brought me to the Eucharistic table. And that love led me to the love I have for God. And someday God will bring me home to Him.

The thing is, God never gives up. He invites us again and again. Do we hear the invitation? Do we respond to the invitation? And do we invite others?

I do my best to summon others. I do my best to “invite whomever that (I) find.” (Mt 22:9)

I wish to do for others what was done for me.

Come to the feast. Come to the feast of the Lord.

Ponder:

How were you invited to the feast?
Do you invite others to the feast? In what way?

Pray:

Lord, I pray that all will accept your invitation. Please help them to know you and love you. Please give me the right words so I can invite others. Amen.

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Copyright 2015 Colleen Spiro

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Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.

5 Comments

  1. While there are a few family and friends of mine who need to be invited, and have many more who come to the feast not properly attired. As a matter of fact, my cousin’s wife who is Lutheran receives Communion every time she goes to Mass. During another cousin’s wedding, I found myself, as Extraordinary minister, handing her the cup of Jesus’ Blood. Charity dictated that I not make a scene, but I cried afterwards. How do you address that? Before that moment, I have had talks with my cousin. He says she loves her church and doesn’t want to become Catholic. Maybe, I should invite her. And continuing praying for my cousin who must not understand that great blessing that being called to be Catholic is. Do I sound judgmental?

    • Thank you so much for your comment! No, I do not think you sound judgmental. We just want our loved ones to have what we have. I am very sad that right now my sons are not attending Catholic Church. So I pray to St. Monica every day!

  2. Hi Kelly,

    First, thanks for your question. And I think you handled the situation at your cousin’s wedding with good amount of charity. The Communion line is generally not a good place to bring about embarrassment, especially when it’s a baptized Christian who is in the Communion line. There are actually some cases (can. 844) when a baptized Protestant may receive Communion, although they are fairly narrow in scope and ultimately are determined by the diocesan bishop (e.g. grave necessity or danger of death).

    The situation you’re in is certainly tricky, as it always is when dealing with family. Prayer is of course the most important thing we can do for each other. Our division as Christians is a painful one and if Jesus could pray that we would all be one (John 17), then we can certainly pray for this as well. He does wonders in the human heart.

    If you have the opportunity to speak with her about this, it might be good to gently find out where she’s coming from, what she believes the Eucharist to be, etc. Then perhaps you can begin to address the importance for Christians to actually be in communion with each other before receiving Holy Communion (for our reception of Communion is, in part, an expression of our real communion with each other in the Church). Also, if you know the parish where she usually attends it may be worth speaking to the priest. He may be in a much better place to address the situation more directly.

    As a background, Catholic Answers has a great article that articulates what is necessary for licit reception of Holy Communion. It’s applicable to Catholics and non-Catholics alike: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/who-can-receive-communion

    Blessings. I’ll be praying for you!

    • Father, thank you for your answer to Kelly.
      Since I am a convert, my family of origin are all protestants or do not go to church at all.
      My mother is a deaconess in her church and my husband is a permanent deacon in the Catholic church. It makes for interesting discussions! All with love.

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