On earth, this great dinner takes place at every Mass upon the altar when Jesus gives Himself to us in the Eucharist; there is no greater banquet on earth. And this grand dinner at the Holy Mass is what will prepare us to attend an even greater one in Heaven.
As we think about reasons why we may have been a bit like the self- righteous Pharisees or the people who declined the Master’s invitation, let us talk with our families about how Jesus wants to fill His home on earth, our churches.
Let us also pray for a greater appreciation of Holy Communion and strive to look for those in our families and also those forgotten people who need an invitation from us to share this grand dinner. For the Lord is calling saying to each of us: "Come, everything is now ready." And it is!
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!