New Announcement: I will not be moving. I will remain as Pastor of St. Paul Parish in New Lisbon, St. James Parish in Camp Douglas, and St. Michael Parish in Indian Creek. In addition to the three parishes I will offer the Extraordinary Form (Latin) Mass at St. Francis in Necedah at 11:30 am on Sundays.
We are all indeed the People of God. “Though many, we are one bread, one body, for we all partake of the one Bread and One Chalice” (c.f. 1 Corinthians 10:17). As our readings teach us this weekend, the Lord invites us all to a banquet (Mt 22:1-14), a banquet foreshadowed and envisioned by the prophet Isaiah in the first reading.
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines” (Isaiah 25:6).
Our Psalm today tells us that this banquet is spread before us by our Shepherd (Psalm 23) and can fully satisfy the longing of our hearts.
St. Paul tells us in the Second Reading “I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry... I can do all things in him who strengthens me... My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glori- ous riches in Christ Jesus (cf. Philippians 4:12-20).
The real question, though, is how do we respond to the Lord’s generous invitation to share in his Banquet of Heaven? How often have we been like the people in the Gospel who refused the Lord’s invitation to share in the riches prepared for us? (Mt 22:1-14). Our God, who calls us to share in the One Bread and the One Cup, wants us to come to His Feast.
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona