HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
HOMILY THEME: THE INVITATION
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 22: 1-14)
In the day’s Gospel Jesus explains the Kingdom of God by likening it with the wedding banquet. The king sent out invitations for his son’s wedding but they refused. Finally it was to anyone. Some came but one was found unworthy. He suffered the same fate like those who rejected the invitation. The Messages is that just as some would reject the invitation of a King for his son’s wedding, there are those who will reject God and be found unworthy of the Kingdom.
In Jesus’ time, He was still addressing the sinners and the righteous Jews. They believe they already had full control of their salvation by being a Pharisees or a faithful Jew. One thing was lacking, JESUS the Messiah.
The coming of JESUS was forerold. When at last He came, He was not recognized. Like in the parable, JESUS was also killed. They were found unworthy and not properly “dressed for the occasion.”
JESUS was not talking about party dressed or ethic on attending weddings. He was talking about being worthy of the Kingdom. The Kingdom accepted only people who obeyed Jesus’ teachings. But how can you obey Him if you do not know Him? The Jews and their religious leaders were blinded by Jesus’ background. They failed to see through that background : His native place and family and relatives.
But most of all, being dressed for the occasion is a question of holiness. Holiness which is far different from that of the pharisees which is mainly external and show offs. What are shown outside are not reflective of what are inside. Hypocrisy is not holiness. The call is to be authentic and sincere nspeak and act from the heart.
We are all invited to eat in God’s table. But we have to be worthy in order for us to benefit from the “food” He offers.