Sunday 15 October 2017

About Today Readings

Psalter Week IV. 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Isaiah 25:6-10. Psalm 22(23). Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20. Matthew 22:1-14.

I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life — Psalm 22(23).

‘Go to the crossroads and invite everyone you can find to the wedding, bad and good alike.’

Conventionally ‘good’ and ‘bad’ people don’t often mix socially. Many people stay within familiar groupings and those who are different are feared and avoided. So what happens when a ‘good’ person becomes ‘bad’ or, at least, different? A young person develops mental illness. A nephew reveals that he is gay. A daughter or niece becomes engaged to a man from a Muslim background. An adolescent struggles with addiction. A friend returns from time in jail.

Jesus, you accepted and welcomed people with disabilities, lepers, prostitutes, tax collectors, criminals, people from other ethnic backgrounds. You condemned the righteous who arrogantly judged others. Give me a heart like yours.

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