This Sunday’s scripture bears testimony to the universal outreach of the Lord. Our God is one who desires to gather all people, from far and wide – north, south, east and west – and from lands that have never heard of the Lord.

God also wishes to reach those who are considered last, those who are overlooked. Today’s readings reveal a Lord with priorities that differ from the norm.

The ones anticipating a place at the banquet will lose it, but those expecting no place at the feast will be offered one (Gospel). Those who have never seen or heard of God’s glory will be the ones to see it (First Reading). Those experiencing suffering are to remember that they are that they are God’s children and not forgotten (Second Reading).

This week may we, in response to all the Lord has done for us, go out into the whole of the world and proclaim the Good News through our lives (Psalm).