31st Week in Ordinary Time

Talk about a snub. A man invited people to a huge dinner, and everyone begged off with one excuse after another. The host filled the dining room with impoverished, handicapped, and other guests invited off the street. At the home of a Pharisee, the Lord advised inviting people in the future who couldn’t reciprocate. God does that with us. Jesus welcomed his listeners to count the cost before deciding to follow Him. If anyone in His flock strayed, the Lord would seek the lost sheep and rejoice over having the whole flock together again. When blessed with the love of family, treasured friends, and gifts to share, do we celebrate in a way that results in anyone, including the Lord, feeling left out?