Feast of St. Martin de Porres

Readings: Phil. 2:5-11 | Ps. 22:26-32 | Lk. 14:15-24

Paul invites us to have the mind and heart of Christ who emptied himself and died for us. Christ was obedient to God in all things. Christ endured suffering and death and did so out of obedience and out of love for us in order to redeem us. Jesus tells the story of the man who had a dinner and invited many people to it. Yet when the time for the dinner came, they all had excuses as to why they could not come. Of course the man was angry, yet he did not beg them to come. He went out to find others who would appreciate the meal–those who were poor, blind, lame, etc. We are the ones who have been invited to the feast at the Eucharistic table and into the Kingdom of God. We can find all kinds of reasons for not participating, and God will not force us to do so. As people gifted with “free will,” we have to make the choice to celebrate or to be left behind.

Today, look at the way you celebrate the Eucharist and how you have lived the Christian way of life. Where have you not responded fully to God’s ways? What can you do to grow in relationship with God? How can you be more attentive in worship at Mass each Sunday? What will you change?

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