One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses.
The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the slave returned and reported this to his master.
Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
A wise person said, “In my youth I loved God so much that I planned to convert the world.
But when I saw that this plan was too ambitious, I decided to convert my home town.
When I saw, however, that this plan was still too ambitious, I decided to reform my family.
Again I ran into problems; so I decided to concentrate on changing myself.
I am still running into problems, but I think I now have the right plan.”
What is one problem I experience in my efforts to change myself?
What is one positive step I might take to try to overcome it?
With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in. —Abraham Lincoln.
—Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, will I hear your call today? How do I listen so I answer “yes” to your request? Do I need more humility so I seek first to understand before I seek to be understood? Where are my blind spots that keep me from changing myself before I criticize others? Let me approach every relationship with one desire: to choose what better leads to you deepening your life in me. And when I reflect on the gifts in my life, let my gratitude remind me of your faithfulness so I have the courage to move beyond the safety of the known.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team