The Word of God

A Banquet Of Consequences


Reflection on Mass Reading for November 19, 2021

Theme for November: “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” Kristin Armstrong

“For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar and joyfully offered burnt offerings and sacrifices of deliverance and praise.” The entire wealth of the Holy Scriptures are replete with celebrations. Sacrifices, parties, and gatherings of all kinds strewn the panorama of scenes set before us to highlight the sort of activity that accompanies all the experiences that humanity provides as a result of following the Lord and living in His presence.

Such was the episode when the Incarnate Word of God, Jesus, steps into the Gospel with riveting action: “Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” For this and many other actions and confrontations documented throughout the Gospels, the elite class of religiosity and other power enthused leaders wanted to put Christ to death but could not find the effective means or vehicle “because all the people were hanging on his words.”

As we near the great and vigilant Season of Advent, this sweet and sour serving of Scripture has all the potential of the world to prepare us for great things ahead. Realizing that well done is always better than well said, let us begin the enormous task of bringing both the attractiveness and inspirational nature of the Word of God and fuse it with good and effective deeds every day we are given. In this way, we will begin to understand Heaven as the celestial banquet and live lives of grateful service to one another.

“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” Robert Louis Stevenson

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