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There are many out there who are very set in their ways and refuse to embrace any sort of change. They are very settled in their comfort zones and will not budge from them. Some of them serve in ministry or a church community and are quite willing to do what they can to help out in the work but still think their relationship with the Lord our God is entirely between them and Him directly. And so they will never fully understand or grasp what it means to be One Body in Christ. What it truly means to come together to pray, adore and worship as One. The liturgy of the Word and the Eucharist are viewed as separate and a process we simply have to go through from one point to another. How can they ever hope to see that Heaven and Earth unites in this one Heavenly Banquet?

Unless we begin to recognise that all of us are different and though individually gifted we are still One Body in Christ we will not grow in our faith neither in our love for one another. We need to have a profund respect for each other as St Paul reminds us. That also means we must be humble to accept that others are stronger in certain gifts and talents just as we are stronger in our own. And just as we are weak in certain areas so are they likewise weak in others. But together we complement one another by our strengths as well as our weaknesses. And it is only through Christ that we are perfected in all that we say and do. We must never compare, complain or question (EPH 2:14) but strive for unity in Him. Therefore as it is important to work for the Lord with untiring effort and earnestness in Spirit. We must also make every effort to Pray for and Pray with one another just as often as we meet to work for Him. With this in our heart and minds we are then truly in communion with Him our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who unites us with His Body and His Blood in the Holy Eucharist. Amen

First reading

Romans 12:5-16 ·
Use the gifts you have been given

All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching. Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be diligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.
Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.
Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied.

Gospel

Luke 14:15-24
‘Not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet’

One of those gathered round the table said to Jesus, ‘Happy the man who will be at the feast in the kingdom of God!’ But he said to him, ‘There was a man who gave a great banquet, and he invited a large number of people. When the time for the banquet came, he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, “Come along: everything is ready now.” But all alike started to make excuses. The first said, “I have bought a piece of land and must go and see it. Please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen and am on my way to try them out. Please accept my apologies.” Yet another said, “I have just got married and so am unable to come.”
‘The servant returned and reported this to his master. Then the householder, in a rage, said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir” said the servant “your orders have been carried out and there is still room.” Then the master said to his servant, “Go to the open roads and the hedgerows and force people to come in to make sure my house is full; because, I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet.”’