28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A by Rev. Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A by Rev. Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23
Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14.19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14


Theme: Divine Invitation and a date with God.


There are special moments in life, some days that you will never forget. Moments that shape you and the direction you are headed. There are people we have encountered in this life whom we always wish to be with and relive those moments we had because good people leave their footprints not in the soil they walked on but in the hearts they touched. Can you remember how exciting it was when you first met that significant other in your life? You brushed your teeth, spent hours on your hair, picked out just the right outfit and that day all you could think about was him or her. Nothing else really mattered in your mind,- yes I am talking about your first date nay outing with your friend or fiancee/fiance. The readings for today’s liturgy draw our attention to a special invitation from God to us. In fact we have a divine invitation and a date with God.

Explanation of the Text:

The First Reading, from Isaiah 25:6-10, speaks of God’s designs for humanity under the image of a splendid banquet to which they are invited. The banquet is to take place ‘on this mountain’, that is, Mount Zion in Jerusalem and so, in the first place, Israel is in view.


But the banquet is not for Israel alone: the ‘mourning veil’ and ‘shroud’ covering all peoples will be wiped away and the Lord will ‘destroy Death forever’. In Ex 40:21 it is explained that the veil was a symbol of distinction.

Remember in Mtt 27:51 the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom signifying that with the death of Jesus now pagans have access to the inner sanctuary which hitherto they were forbidden to enter. This means that Isrealites will no longer see the Gentiles as enemies but the common enemy of man which is death will be destroyed. This is very symbolic.

From this solemn invitation we can deduce that it is general. The divine invitation is not exclusive to only Jews or Isrealites but to people of all nations. God doesn’t discriminate with His invitation. It is for all of us. God doesn’t only give food and drinks at the eternal banquet but He soothes our pains and comforts us as well.

In our Gospel reading from Mtt 22, Jesus takes up the image of a wedding banquet to drive home His teachings on divine invitation. The refusal of the initial invitees to the banquet was directed to the Pharisees, the Scribes, and some of the Jews who have become obstinate in accepting the invitation of Jesus into the kingdom of heaven.


The invitation to the banquet is indeed an invitation to a personal relationship with the one inviting. Thus their refusal simply suggests that they don’t want to have anything to do with the king.

But like the first parable in our first reading the King sent for everyone to come grace the occasion both “good and bad”. What is intriguing about this parable is the man who appears at the feast not dressed in the wedding garment. When the King questioned how that fellow managed to be at the feast without wedding garment, there was no answer. This suggests that admittedly the fellow was guilty.


But come to think of it, since all the other guests were also from the streets how is it that those others all had wedding garments. The answer is simple we have a divine invitation and a date with God therefore one must always prepare and be in the best of garments because one doesn’t know when the King will come around checking.

We do not have excuse to give. We might have received this invitation late but we still need to be in our best outfits. The wedding garment here refers to our state of life. What kind of garments are you wearing now and will you be proud of it if God comes to meet you in this garment?. For some of us we are wearing garments of envy, backbiting, jealousy, fornication, adultery, slandering etc.


Let us remember to ask God to give us the graces needed to live a blameless life so that like Paul in the second reading we can say that “I can do all things in him who strengthens me”.



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