Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 37: 22-23
Forsake me not, O Lord, my God;be not far from me!Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation!
Almighty and merciful God,by whose gift your faithful offer youright and praiseworthy service,grant, we pray,that we may hasten without stumblingto receive the things you have promised.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.
First reading : Romans 12:5-16
All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching. Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be diligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied.
Psalm : Ps130:1-3
R/ Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.
- O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor haughty my eyes.I have not gone after things too great, nor marvels beyond me.
- Truly I have set my soul, in silence and peace.A weaned child on its mother’s breast,even so is my soul.
- O Israel, hope in the Lord, both now and forever.
Gospel Acclamation : cf.Ep1:17,18
Alleluia, alleluia!May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christenlighten the eyes of our mind,so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.Alleluia!
Gospel: Luke 14:15-24
One of those gathered round the table said to him, ‘Happy the man who will be at the feast in the kingdom of God!’ But he said to him, ‘There was a man who gave a great banquet, and he invited a large number of people. When the time for the banquet came, he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, “Come along: everything is ready now.” But all alike started to make excuses. The first said, “I have bought a piece of land and must go and see it. Please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen and am on my way to try them out. Please accept my apologies.” Yet another said, “I have just got married and so am unable to come.”‘The servant returned and reported this to his master. Then the householder, in a rage, said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir” said the servant “your orders have been carried out and there is still room.” Then the master said to his servant, “Go to the open roads and the hedgerows and force people to come in to make sure my house is full; because, I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet.”’
Prayer over the Offerings
May these sacrificial offerings, O Lord,become for you a pure oblation,and for us a holy outpouring of your mercy.Through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon : Cf. Ps 15: 11
You will show me the path of life,the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.
Prayer after Communion
May the working of your power, O Lord,increase in us, we pray,so that, renewed by these heavenly Sacraments,we may be prepared by your giftfor receiving what they promise.Through Christ our Lord.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of a man who prepared a great feast and sent out his servants to tell the guests, come for the food is ready but the guests offered a litany of excuses. Jesus uses this parable to refer to the lukewarm attitude of the Jews towards the gospel and the messiah. The Jews were waiting for the messiah but when he actually came and invited them to the Lord’s banquet, they made excuses and turned down his invitation. Consequently, he took the good news tothe gentiles. Today God is inviting us to be nourished with his Word and with the Eucharist at mass but often we make flimsy excuses and stay away from church. Some claim that the priests’homilies are too long and boring; others say they are busy with work while others complain that mass time is too early to get the kids ready. But remember, nothing should be more important than the spiritual wellbeing of your souls. Today Jesus stands at your door and knocks, if you hear his voice and open the door he will come into your life.