Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Ezk 36: 23-28; Gospel Reading: Mt 22: 1-14
God made a covenant with Abraham (Gen 15: 18). Any covenant demands something from both parties. The two agents of the covenant agree upon something and commit themselves to it. But, in the covenant details presented in the book of Genesis for the fulfilment of the promise made to Abraham to have a land, to become a multitude and to be a source of blessing, Abraham has got nothing to do (Gen 12: 1-3). God means that He will do everything and the cooperation of Abraham would suffice.
A similar promise is found in the first reading of the day. In order to prove the holiness of the great name among the other nations, God promises the following through prophet Ezekiel:
- I will gather you from all the nations
- I will bring you back to your own land
- I shall pour water over you and you shall be made clean
- I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you
- I shall remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh
- I shall put my spirit within you
- I shall move you to follow my decrees and keep my laws
- I will be your God and you shall be my people
In all these promises, the people of Israel have got nothing to do but to simply cooperate with the God who operates.
It is the invitation for all of us too. God is willing to do everything in our life that we may turn to Him and remain with Him. He is inviting us for the great banquet, but we are filled with so many excuses to avoid that great bliss. Shall we decide today to cooperate with Him for our own advantage: to gain salvation. Let us realise that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15: 5).