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The good news for the day August 18

Thursday of the twentieth Week in Ordinary Time (422)

Jesus repeatedly spoke with comparisons to religious leaders and politicians: “The realm of what is right is like some governor who gave a wedding party for his son. He sent his people out to bring those invited to the celebration, but they refused to go there. A second time he sent some other employees to say, ‘Tell the people invited: “Look, I have set my banquet tables, my best steaks are there, and everything is set; come on to the reception.”’ Some just ignored the invitation and went about their business, one to his farm, another to his business. …

The governor’s employees eventually went out into the streets and gathered in anybody they found, bad and good alike; the hall got filled with guests. When the governor came in to meet the guests, though, he saw one attendee there not dressed in appropriate clothes. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without the right suit? ’The guest was reduced to silence. Then the governor said to the attendants, ‘Tie this man up—hands and feet—and throw him out into the night, where there will be complaining and many an irritation.’ The many are invited—few are chosen.” (Matthew 22)

The invitation goes out to every human being. The call is rarely as explicit as you and I might prefer—an inspiring preacher, a biblical passage, or a book with passages—these might transform you. The invitation comes too in sunset on Timothy Lake, from a wordless retarded person who touches your heart, in a humbling moment of physical pain—or your spouse’s, in discovering the unappreciated goodness of your mother, at a child’s gurgling laughter, in a first pregnancy, or through a friend’s sudden death.

Blind eyes do not see; deaf ears do not hear—too often by choice. Be awake—you never know when the call comes—Wake up! Look around. Appreciate the gift of love that pours towards you every moment. The Word comes unexpectedly. You need to be awake when you ARE awake; you need to listen with your heart and soul, to watch for invisibles to show up in your life—the call to joy, the call to put on New Life. Do not miss it.

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