11 October, 2020. 28th


Sunday, Year A


By baptism we are called to the wedding
feast in the kingdom of God. But somehow,
we need get a wedding garment, to take our
place at the feast. While the Gospel invites
us to reflect on how we are doing, it is not all
our own work, says St Paul. It is God’s grace
that prompts the good we do. And we can do
all things through him who strengthens us

 

1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10


The image of a banquet symbolises the
blessings God has in store for His People


On this mountain the Lord of hosts will
make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a
feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled
with marrow, of well-aged wines strained
clear. And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the
sheet that is spread over all nations; he will
swallow up death forever. Then the Lord
God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take
away from all the earth, for the Lord has
spoken.


It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our
God; we have waited for him, so that he
might save us. This is the Lord for whom we
have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his
salvation. For the hand of the Lord will rest
on this mountain.


Responsorial: Psalm 22


R./: I shall live in the house of the Lord all
the days of my life.


The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit. (R./)


He guides me along the right path;

he is true to his name,
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort. (R./)


You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing. (R./)


Surely goodness and kindness
shall follow me all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever. (R./)


2nd Reading: Philippians 4:12-14,
19-20


Paul tries not to depend on material things,
but trusts in the Lord for what he needs


I know what it is to have little, and I know
what it is to have plenty. In any and all
circumstances I have learned the secret of
being well-fed and of going hungry, of
having plenty and of being in need. I can do
all things through him who strengthens me.
In any case, it was kind of you to share my
distress. And my God will fully satisfy every
need of yours according to his riches in glory
in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be
glory forever and ever. Amen.


Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14


God is like a king who invites us to a
banquet. Many refuse their invitation


Jesus said to the chief priests and elders:
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared
to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his
son. He sent his slaves to call those who had
been invited to the wedding banquet, but
they would not come. Again he sent other
slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been
invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner,
my oxen and my fat calves have been
slaughtered, and everything is ready; come
to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light
of it and went away, one to his farm, another

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to his business, while the rest seized his
slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged. He sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned
their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The
wedding is ready, but those invited were not
worthy. Go therefore into the main streets,
and invite everyone you find to the wedding
banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the
streets and gathered all whom they found,
both good and bad; so the wedding hall was
filled with guests. “But when the king came
in to see the guests, he noticed a man there
who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he
said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here
without a wedding robe?’ And he was
speechless. Then the king said to the
attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and
throw him into the outer darkness, where
there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
For many are called, but few are chosen.”