Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - Sun, 15 October 2017
Readings: Is 25:6-10; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14
Haere mai e te whanau, tena koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome family, greetings to you all, may the Lord be with you.
A strange Gospel – a wedding feast with no bride, leaving some Scripture commentators to suggest that the bride’s place is taken by the guests. These guests come from far and wide and from diverse backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles…
So how do we respect the timing of the Lord?
How might we focus even more on the lavish providence and mercy of God?
At our Parish meeting last Sunday thirty groups in the Parish spoke of their particular group and the various ministries of faith and service, prayer and charity that they bring to build up our Parish community. It was a wonderful afternoon reminding us all of the point in today’s Gospel, namely, the Christian community is a place where all are welcome - a place where many gifts are used to build up the Body of Christ. These gifts, when combined within a faith community, such as ours, help people respond to Christ, whether they are young, children, old, disappointed and sad because of their choices, separated, widowed, or full of gratitude for blessings received.
With sincere thanks for all that you do and all that you are in Christ.
With every blessing in Christ, Fr Michael McCabe, Parish Priest