"Many are invited, but few are chosen."
This Sunday, October 12, 2014 (28A), the message of the parable of the royal wedding banquet is clear. God invites the people of Israel to his wedding banquet in heaven but despite the fact that they have enjoyed his favor over so many generations they do not come.
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct 12, 2014 (28A)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
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Book of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 25, Verses 6-10a
1. How might banquet imagery describe the fullness of life in the presence of God. How can a feast of juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines be a sacramental vision of the universe?
2. God will destroy the veil (= anything that separates the people from the divine presence of God), and will also destroy death and wipe away all tears from every face. How do these images speaks to you? Explain.
Psalm 23: 1-6
1. The Psalm likens us to sheep of the Good Shepherd ("The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.") Are you willing to humble yourself before the Lord, and become obedient as sheep do? Explain.
2. If you are willing to be obedient to the Lord, there are many rewards promised in the Psalm. Mention some of these and say which ones
you have received.
Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verses 12-14, 19-20
1. “In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need,” St. Paul says. Do you feel the same about being well fed and being hungry? What is the secret Paul learned?
2. All of these readings show God bestowing gifts on us without measure. Did the Philippians imitate this in their self-giving sacrifice for Paul? Do you “measure” when you give? How could you be a little freer?
According to Matthew, Chapter 22, Verses 1-14
1. What does the Father give us in the Eucharistic banquet? What hungers are satisfied?
2. God invite us to the banquet and sets the table and offers us the wedding garment. (The wedding garment signifies a readiness to understand and act on Jesus’ teachings.) Besides answering God’s invitation, what is our job? How does this banquet not only sustain life but also transfigure it?
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