The first reading at Mass this coming Sunday, the 29th in Ordinary time, is a reading of comfort and hope. The reading is part of the selection in the Lectionary for use at funerals too.
On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food.
On this mountain he will remove
the mourning veil covering all peoples,
and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away
the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame
everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God
in whom we hoped for salvation;
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice
that he has saved us.
On Sunday this prophesy of a feast is juxtaposed with a gospel parable about another feast, to which prove unwilling or unfit to attend. How do we stand vis a vis the eschatalogical feast, the heavenly feast on the mountain of God.
Ready to go? Unfit to attend?
In what do we trust? For what do we work? In answering these two questions we might find the answer to other two above.
Fresco of the Last Supper – another meal of choices – Assisi. Photograph (c) Allen Morris, 2014