St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436













From the Desk of Father Mac

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 15th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Ever sent out invitations asking people to RSVP? We seldom receive them all back. Some who don’t respond show up anyway. Others respond they’ll attend and then don’t. Occasionally, people show up not having read all the information and arrive at the wrong time, or in the wrong attire. In any case, not responding properly to the RSVP can have financial implications for the hosts, or other costs for us (social or professional, for example) if we come unprepared for the event
The analogy of RSVPs highlights some messages in today’s readings. Three times we are told how God will provide for us. Isaiah says, On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines ... he will destroy death forever. Here, God is reminding the Israelites that he will be faithful to their covenant. The invitation and response that were exchanged in Exodus (6:7) will come to pass.

In the second reading Saint Paul tells the Philippians God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Saint Paul is reminding them that they can be content with whatever comes their way, because the banquet has begun. The invitation was extended, and for those who have actively responded (in baptism), the feast is plenty.

In today’s Gospel passage Jesus tells the parable of the wedding feast hosted by the king. The wedding feast is an image of the kingdom of God: a benevolent king has prepared a lavish banquet in celebration of his son, and sent out many invitations for people to come and enjoy the feast, free of charge. But all who are initially invited – the worthy – refuse to attend, including some who literally kill the king’s messengers! So the king widens his invitation to all they [the servants] found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. In telling this parable, Jesus is telling the Jewish elite around him that what they refuse to accept will again be offered to the Gentiles, who will accept the invitation to salvation and be thankful for it.

Bad and good alike are invited to the wedding feast. This is all of us. We, the Church, are not a club where we gather to celebrate our successes and revel in how much better we are than everyone else. Rather, the Church is what Pope Francis called a field hospital where we come for healing, hope and help. Our responsibility is to honor carefully this invitation and to RSVP with conviction and love – and then prepare, through living a sacramental life, to partake of the feast for eternity. We are invited to the banquet. Are we prepared to respond?

In Christ,



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15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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