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Trinity 02 Notes

by ToddPeperkorn ~ May 27th, 2008

In the Gospel, we are invited to a Supper; or rather, we are compelled, attracted and drawn by the merciful invitation of Our God to enter. But those who would not come make excuses. Yet let us not be too harsh with them, for they simply show us our true inner self—what little we think of this Supper even as we receive it. Nevertheless, we are invited and urged to taste Our Lord in His goodness. So let us feast on that which truly feeds and nourishes and strengthens our soul.

Which is better for you—things that excite and delight your body, or the Holy Things of God which delight your soul? The physical pleasures soon fade and need to be redone. But the Holy Things are repeated only so that our faith and hope in God is increased, and so we do not lose sight of our heavenly home. Be careful, then, not to be like those in today’s Gospel who, in pursuit for earthly treasures, make light of the Eucharistic Banquet around the Throne of God. For what you receive in the Holy Mass endures through this life into the life of the world to come.
Heavenly food, so carefully prepared and subjected to the intense fire of the cross, is served up and offered to the whole worlds. Wherever Christians are gathered, there you will find the table. The preaching of the gospel is the dish. The servers are the pastors. Christ is the food. Through the pastor’s mouth the food is laid on the table and served. For when the gospel is preached, this food is served up and offered. It is embraced solely in the Word and is heard by young and old, learned and unlearned, rich and poor. Each believer receives just as much as anyone else, for it is a food that fills and satisfies. (Blessed Martin Luther)
The Creator of the universe and the Father of glory made a great supper, a festival for the whole world, in honor of Christ. In the last times of the world and at our world’s setting (so to speak), the Son arose for us. At that time, He suffered death for our sakes and gave us to eat His flesh, the bread of heaven that gives life to the world. So with good reason, the invitation that is by Christ is called a supper. And what is that invitation? “Come, for behold, all things are ready.” For God the Father has prepared in Christ gifts for the inhabitants of the earth. Through Christ, He bestows the forgiveness of sins, cleansing away of all defilement, communion of the Holy Spirit, glorious adoption as children, and the kingdom of heaven. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)
Christ is being offered up, and the Supper is now ready—the Supper of the Lord which is commended to us, as the Apostles say, “Come to the supper!” Therefore, let us put aside all idle wicked excuses, and come to the Supper in which our souls are fed. Let no swelling of pride keep us back. And let nothing frighten us, or turn us away from God. Let not the delights of the senses keep us from the delights of the soul. Let us come, and let us feast. And especially, let the poor come. For He who invites us, though rich, became poor for our sakes that by His poverty we might be made rich. And let the feeble come, for not they that are healthy but they that are sick are in need of this Physician of the soul. (St Augustine)
In today’s Gospel, we hear that Our Lord gives a great dinner. He calls many, but few come, because sometimes those who are subject to Him by their faith impugn His meal by their evil lives. The time for the dinner is the end of the world. It is the period in which we now live, as St Paul long ago bore witness, when he spoke of us upon whom the end of the ages has come. So it is now the time for the dinner, and we are being called. As we see that the end of the age has come near, we have all the less reason to excuse ourselves from God’s meal. As we reflect that there is no time remaining, we must dread to lose the time of grace at hand. Because God’s eternal meal will be made ready for us at the very end, it is appropriate to call this not a lunch but a dinner. (St Gregory)

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