Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Guest List

At the feast in the Kingdom, the guest list includes the old woman in the moth-eaten fur coat who carries her kingdom in plastic bags, the crippled man who hobbles when others walk briskly by, the blind who long for the warmth of a fire they cannot see, the lonely ones who never get invited anywhere. These are the ones who will be led to the seats of honor in the Kingdom, the little ones who cannot return invitations but nonetheless long for the company that table fellowship provides. Jesus embraces these people into importance. In the upside-down world of the Kingdom, what appears to be foolishness is great wisdom and beauty. The love of Jesus looks beyond appearances; it pierces disguises and dignifies the lowly. Let us love like this always.

Photograph by Brother Brian. Meditation extracted from a homily by Father Aquinas.