Sunday 30 August 2020

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Word for today
The Gospel of Luke 14:1.7-14

Make room for Love

We are guests on this earth, invited to the wedding of divine life, but always guests. There is only one invitation, only one and it is not to be wasted.
If we do not learn what it means to give gratuitously, we have not learned anything, and the invitation has been wasted.
If we consider only those with whom we share blood ties as our family and not everyone else, the invitation has been wasted.
If only family ties make us in some way helpful, the invitation has been wasted. 
If the zeal for the law makes us so blind that we do not recognize the Spirit of God at work while healing on the Sabbath, the invitation has been wasted.
If we believe in God, yet teach our children to scale society's ladder, the invitation has been wasted.
If we do not believe in God and we teach anything else to our youth, the invitation has been wasted.
If vanity leads us to exaltation, to look for glory from one another, to cover ourselves with applause and honours, the invitation has been wasted.
If we honour the army that is parading in front of us, and we do not honour the life that is being born and lives everywhere, the invitation has been wasted.
If we talk to the poor as if they were poor and the rich as if they were rich, the invitation has been wasted.
If when we are celebrating we do not invite those who never celebrate, and if when we are buying food we do not put something in the cart  for those who do not have any, if when you are buying a dress we do not buy one for those who are without, if when we are safe and warm in our homes, we do not open the door to someone who knocks and asks to sleep in our garage,  the invitation has been wasted.
If everything we do, we do to reciprocate for something, the invitation has been wasted.
If before saying "thank you" a million times a day, every day we say ten, or a hundred times "but" or "why," the invitation has been wasted.
If despite the fact that we are guests in this huge and wonderful world, we live as its masters, the invitation has been wasted.
Without love, to have the first, most important places in society is less then a gust of wind, and the invitation has been wasted.
Without love, even having the last places is less that a gust of wind, and the invitation has been wasted.
Without the spiritual clarity to see that it is God who works and makes all things, and everything we do is less than a gust of wind, the invitation has been wasted. 
Without the spiritual clarity to see that it is God who works and does all things, and all our projects will fall into ruin in a matter of time, the invitation has been wasted.
Without the spiritual clarity to see that it is God who works and does all things, and everything we do is less than a gust of wind, the invitation has been wasted.
But if humbly, very humbly, while kneeling, we allow a sweet thankfulness to God the Father be born in our hearts, the invitation becomes the voice of serenity inside our soul.
If humbly, very humbly while kneeling with our face to the ground we learn for love and out of love to entrust our steps to Him letting Him design and build for us and through us, then the invitation becomes a calling, a voice that calls to serve.
If very humbly we are also able to say, "Yes, here I am, here I am freely giving myself to the world in Your name," then the invitation becomes an answer. It is a lived invitation, it makes room for Love and the gust that caresses us is Ruah, the wind of God, the creative spirit of the Almighty.