All Are Invited: Are You Ready?

This week Pope Francis launched the Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti”. This document could well be read and reflected on in light of the Gospel Reading for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A which is taken from Matthew 22:1-14. Our inclusive and  magnanimous God daily invites all to the great celebration of life.

Which aspects of this Gospel text speak to you of your relationship with God and others?

How might your responses this week reflect your willingness to wholeheartedly accepted God’s invitation?

God of Life and of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.

May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and living beings of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of one,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared life. Amen.                                                                              (Slightly adapted from Prayer to the Creator – Fratelli Tutti)

The following reflection by Veronica Lawson RSM is offered to enrich your reading and prayer in the coming week: