HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
HOMILY THEME: BEYOND THIS PRESENT LIFE, GOD HAS PLANNED A GREAT FUTURE FOR ALL OF US
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike
God’s word in the prophecy of Isaiah is an invitation to think of our eternal destiny. The scriptures clearly affirm that we have all sinned and falling short of the glory of God (Rom 3, 23). But that is not to discourage us from seeking God any further since we have fallen from glory, but to prick our consciences so as to get back to God and quickly be reconciled with him. Our destiny matters a lot to our God, and so we must be also very concerned about where and how we spend our eternity.
The image of a banquet which the first reading and the Gospel presents to us today symbolises the blessings God has in store for his people. Speaking of the mountain of God, that is, the place of encounter, the place of our rest; the Lord of Host will make for all peoples a feast of rich food and wine… destroying all shroud that is cast over his people and every veil of darkness including an end to death. In doing this, the Lord will wipe away tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people shall be taking away (Isa 25, 6-10).
This is an assurance of hope which the future holds for us if we turn to God and surrender to him for the rest of our lives.
Like the king in the Gospel, God is inviting you and I to his banquet, freely without having to pay for the meals (Matt 22, 1-14).
This invitation is for everyone regardless of your status. This is not the time for excuses, you cannot afford to refuse coming for this banquet like some in the Gospel did. Remember, Gods salvation is for you. And it is quite comforting that God wants us to be saved, even more than we do ourselves (22, 9-10).
Let us not forget also that there is special regalia, a garment, we must put on in other to be fully integrated into the banquet of God. This is our personal comportment, our disposition before God and man. We must be committed to pleasing God and always doing his will. We must be able to see God in our brothers and sisters and so relate cordially in charity with all. May Gods plans be made manifest in our lives.
Have a blessed week.