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October 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

"Apathy."  When searching in a dictionary, I find the following definition: absence of suppression of passion, emotion or excitement; lack of interest in or concern for thigns that others find moving or exciting.  I find excitement in watching the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League.  I know however, that just because I have a passion and excitement about the game of football, others have apathy toward football.  Some people have a passion for opera.  I, on the other hand, am apathetic toward opera.

Each of us have certain passions and excitement in life.  As each person is uniquely created by God, so too do our individual passions differ.  But what about our spiritual life?  Do we have a pssion for our spiritual life or are we apathetic, indifferent, unmoved?

A weapon of the devil is to downplay the importance of our spiritual life.  In the cunning action of the evil one, the devil revels when a person becomes apathetic in one's spiritual life.  When the spiritual life is out of sight, the spiritual life is out of mind.  Consequently, other things take the primacy of place in my life: my career, my possessions, my reputation, etc.

In today's Gospel, those who are invited by the king to his son's wedding banquet are apathetic to the invitation.  There is no passion, emotion or excitement to come to the banquet.  Rather, other concerns or indifference take center stage in their lives.  My sisters and brothers, "Blessed are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb."  We are the invited guests to come to the banquet of the Lord, the sacred meal that is served at the Altar of God.  Are we excited and passionate ino ur response to this invitation or are we disinterested, or possess a "so-so" attitude to what happens at the Mass?

How we answer this question gives us an insight into how important is our spiritual life.  Do we come to the Feast, the Banquet of the Lord, with attentiveness and excitement, passion and reverence or do we make excuses and absent ourselves and thus reject the invitation from the Lord?  We do well to reflect in prayer on the last line of today's Gospel, "Many are invited, but few are chosen."  We have been invited to the banquet.  Have we been chosen?  Take this question to prayer.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John 

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