December 3 – Monday
Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Gospel: MT 8:5-11
Are you ready to feast at the Lord's banquet table? God's gracious invitation extends to all – Jew and Gentile alike – who will turn to him with faith and obedience. Jesus used many images or pictures to convey what the kingdom of God is like. One such image is a great banquet feast given at the King's table. Jesus promised that everyone who believed in him would come and feast at the heavenly banquet table of his Father. Jesus told this parable in response to the dramatic request made by a Roman centurion, a person despised by many because he was an outsider, not one of the "chosen ones" of Israel. In Jesus' time the Jews hated the Romans because they represented everything they stood against – including foreign domination and pagan beliefs and practices.
Prayer: (all together)
Dearest Lord, fill me with Your love. When I’m tired, embrace me. When I’m anxious, comfort me. Be my peace in everything. Amen.