Father's Weekly Message
  Parties and banquets are given to begin a friendship or to maintain one and
deepen it. Parties are given because the host loves a good time with his
friends and wants to share with his friends. The host in the story Jesus told
in today’s Gospel has a house, food and all kinds of abundance to share
with his friends. So he invited all his friends.

Here in this story, the host is God himself. He has a house for everyone he
has all kinds of abundance and he wanted to share them with us. The sole
purpose of God’s creation is to share his abundance with humanity. God
wanted to share with us what he had and he invites all to sit down at the
table with him in his kingdom. Everyone is invited, everyone belongs and no
one is left out - the Jews, the gentiles, sinners and tax collectors.

Also remember, no one has a claim. It is God’s generosity. Those who were
gathered in from highways and byways had either no claim on the King at
all. The invitation is nothing other than the generosity and hospitality of the
King. It is so unfortunate that some of them took the invitation too light.

They had their own affairs to be busy with - family, business or farming.
The excuses they give are not at all bad in themselves. They are all good
things. It is easy for a man to be so busy with the things of this world that
he forgets the things of the other world. Prosperity and success can enable
the world to take up residence in the center of our being. When we find no
place for God in our lives, then the world will find a place in it. We become
so busy in making a living while we fail to make a life.

God’s invitation is to be a part of his kingdom. It is an experience of perfect
joy and happiness with God in his kingdom. The host did all he could to
set the stage for an experience of joy and friendship. What he could not do
was to coerce people to come. God has given us freedom and so we can accept
or reject his invitation. We can also miss it by being so caught up in
every day routines. We can confuse the good for the best. We can settle for
a living at a level far below the joy God has set for us. Some day our greatest
pain will be not the things we suffer or suffered, but the realization of the
precious things we have missed in the course of our lives.
Family Rules
Always Be Honest  Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing  Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises  Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another  1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another  1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another  Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted  Ephesians 4:32