Thursday 21st August – Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope

Reflection: Matthew 22: 1-14


“Many are called, but few are chosen”. This last verse of our Gospel reading is a very popular maxim used. We certainly would have heard it said so many times and in a variety of situations that we may have lost touch as to its origin. Christ is the origin of those words and He used them just after giving a parable about a King and the banquet he threw for his son’s wedding.

We can easily find fault in those initial invitees and wonder why they took such beautiful invitation for granted. You and I can tell ourselves that we would not throw away such golden opportunity if we were in their shoes. But is this really true? Is it not possible that we’re just in their shoes and behaving as they did too? The parable was used to show the Jews how their refusal to be faithful to their covenant with God would result in the gentiles being called to the banquet of salvation in their place.

However, we can look at it with respect to our faith as Catholic Christians. We are privileged to belong to the Church established by Christ himself and led by the successor to St Peter. All historical records reveal this. But are we living up to the demands of our call as Catholics? Are we grateful for the Eucharist and the other sacraments, the Mass, our communal prayer and Bible study shown by the liturgy of hours? Are we making the best use of these beautiful gifts and striving towards a life of love and holiness to which we are called? The few that are chosen make the choice to be chosen.

Beloved, we are the most privileged of all men as Catholic Christians. Let us live up to our call; let us make a choice to be among few that are chosen.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the gift of my faith. Please help me to embrace my faith more fully and receive the grace to live it out. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 89 – To whom does Jesus promise “the kingdom of God”?

God wills “all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4). The “kingdom of God” begins in those who allow themselves to be transformed by God’s love. In Jesus’ experience these are above all the poor and the lowly.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 RSV-CE

Readings for today: Ezekiel 36: 23 – 28; Psalm 51: 12 – 15, 18-19; Matthew 22: 1-14


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