In today’s first reading from Acts 13, Paul gets up in the synagogue in Antioch and begins to tell the story of salvation to the people. Today’s reading ends with John the Baptist. Tomorrow we’ll pick it up from there and hear of the Messiah, Jesus.
In the Gospel reading from John 13, Jesus is in the upper room with the Apostles. He speaks of sending them out to bring the message to the world. He says, “I know those whom I have chosen.” Jesus chose the Apostles to be there with Him at the Last Supper and to bring His message to the world. He has also chosen you for the very same purpose. But wait…there’s a catch. It’s called free will.
You have been chosen. Chosen to attend the wedding banquet of the Lamb! Congratulations! The thing is you don’t have to accept Jesus’ offer/invitation. Unfortunately, too many Catholics today refuse the invitation. They may readily accept a wedding invitation from a celebrity or politician or beloved family member. But the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Meh… How very sad.
Father, thank you for choosing us. May we know the honor of and readily accept your invitation to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb and the call to share Christ with others. Amen.
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