This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel passage is a parable in which the kingdom of heaven is compared to a wedding feast a king gives for his son. Often the Scriptures present the kingdom as a banquet or a wedding feast. In most cases, all are invited to this feast, in one way or another. Some do not respond to the invitation. In the case of the parables of Jesus, he often makes the point that many will enter the kingdom before those who reject the invitation, those who are complacent, or those who think they are going to get there on their own. Today, Jesus ends the parable by saying: “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” This week, let us reflect upon the invitation we receive each day from Christ to live as members of the kingdom and to take part in the banquet of the Eucharist. If we are the ones who are present each week, perhaps we should be reaching out to those who are absent and encourage them to take part in the life-giving invitation Jesus extends to all of us.
Next Sunday is our parish feast day. The special Scripture readings assigned for the Feast of Saint John Paul II will be proclaimed at Mass, and we will celebrate with a parish brunch. I do hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate with fellow parishioners and, perhaps, even meet some new people. If you have not yet signed up for the brunch following 9:30 AM Mass, please do so by Wednesday of this week so that the kitchen crew will have a good idea of how many egg dishes to prepare.
This weekend, I am in Kalamazoo, with the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Joseph. We have special meetings in preparation for our Chapter. Every six years, we look at the goals we have set and the promises we have made, evaluate how we have been living them, and determine what direction we will take for the next six years. It is also the time in which we elect our leadership for the next six years. During Chapter years, we do have a few extra community meetings, sometimes on weekends.
I have some good news to share with you. The city of Zilwaukee purchased the parish hall on the Saint Matthew Church site along with the adjacent lots. The actual closing has not yet taken place at this writing but may happen very soon. Also, there is a Christian church needing to expand its present space seriously looking at Saint Matthew Church and have been in close negotiations with the diocese. I will have more to share on that next week.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ