HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME OF THE HOMILY: ‘Not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet’.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we hear the Apostle Paul reminding the faithful people that they are all recipients of God’s various gifts and blessings, and of all the opportunities which He has presented to us. God has blessed us with many wonderful things and we should be appreciative of whatever it is that He has granted to us. We must always strive to be faithful to Him and to do what we can do so that we can use those gifts, blessings and opportunities which God has freely given to us. This is because ultimately, we will be judged and held accountable based on what we have been given and what we can do for our fellow brethren and for our communities.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
The householder in today’s gospel reading is a very determined host. He was determined to have people to dinner. The people that he originally invited and who had accepted his invitation changed their minds at short notice, just as the meal was ready. The host was disappointed and, indeed, angry. However, rather than give up on the idea of having a great crowd to a banquet, he sent out his servant to gather in the most unlikely of guests in that culture, the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame, and complete strangers from the highways and byways. Come hell or high water, this householder was going to have a house full of guests. His desire to have people at his table was much stronger than the desire of some people not to be there.
The householder’s tenacity speaks of God’s determination to gather as many people as possible into the banquet of eternal life. God remains a willing host even when he comes up against unwilling guests. Saint Paul expresses that conviction very succinctly, ‘where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more’. There is great consolation in that. Yet, even though God’s grace, God’s gracious initiative towards us, is powerful and enduring, it does require our openness, our willingness, our responsiveness, if God’s desire for our lives is to come to pass.
Today as celebrate the mass i pray for the following faithful departed brothers and sisters
1.Domiciano Mwape Machiko
2.Benardetta Ngandwe Muleba
3.Felicitas Mwaba Mwape Machiko
4.Emenenciana Mwitwa Mwape Machiko
5.Alvin Chisala Chibolya
6. Joan Chibela,
7. Juliet Chibela,
8 Joel Chibela,
9. Mukosha Chibela,
10. Annie Chibela,
11. Mathews Nsama
12. Rosemary Nsama
13. Davies Nsama K
14. Thelma Nsama.
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