Twenty-eighth Sunday 2017
All three readings today mention food and are invitations to a banquet. Isaiah is dreaming of a better world in the future where all will live in peace and rejoice because sin has been forgiven. The second reading mentions that Paul can feast or go hungry because it is the Lord who sustains him. The Gospel combines two fragments about a wedding feast, alluding to the invitation by God and different responses of those invited to the feast.
We are invited to partake of the banquet of the Lord in the Eucharist and be like Paul. When we really feed on the word of God and allow his presence in the Eucharist to fill us and give us strength, we witness to him by sharing the forgiveness we have received with everyone. We fulfill the dream of Isaiah by opening the doors of our hearts and inviting everyone to come and know the Lord who forgives them as he has forgiven each of us. The wedding garment signifies that we have been forgiven, washed clean and vested as messengers who go out into the by-ways of the world and work to bring people together in solidarity so that all forms of hunger may be fed and everyone has a place at the table.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC