In the society we live in these days, our Lord Jesus Christ has been a victim of what most men are now victims of. That is, emasculation. The “feminists”, a group I proudly say I am not part of, and don’t believe an ounce of their rhetoric have turned men into sissy boys. Women believe they don’t ‘need’ a man, they are ‘better than a man’ and the ridiculous list goes on and on and on, and they’ve done the same to our Lord Jesus Christ. Worse yet, those in the Church have gone along with this thinking and have been teaching this mindset for so long, that now, most people think that our Lord Jesus Christ is all about love, lollipops and unicorns. They couldn’t be more wrong.
While Jesus IS love, He is also just, and righteous and He IS the TRUTH itself. Many places in the bible it tells us that our Lord got angry, and He also tells us countless times what we must do to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Why am I writing this post? I was reading the daily Mass readings for today and the Gospel is from Luke 14:15-24. Our Lord is telling about a man who prepares a feast for friends. He then sends his servant to go and invite said friends. Well, each ‘friend’ had a reason they could not attend. Angering the man he then tells his servant to go out into the streets and invite, the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind to his wonderful feast, rich in all the finest foods of the day.
Our Lord ends this parable by saying, “I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner”. So what is Jesus telling us? The answer is very simple.
Jesus has invited us ALL to His feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. The invitation is open to all but if you reject Him and His invitation you will NOT taste the Kingdom of Heaven. What does rejecting Him mean? It means not living as He says in Scripture. It means not being open to His love, mercy and graces because we think we know better. It means being of this world and all it’s evil ways instead of just being in the world but keeping our focus on the Lord at all times even when it’s the hardest.
So the question then becomes. Will you accept His invitation?