Today’s parable is great. Jesus talks of a man who throws a big banquet and invites his friends. He goes to a lot of trouble, but everyone has an excuse why he can’t come. I imagine the fellow was quite hurt. The same with Jesus. He gives us the ultimate banquet, the Holy Mass. He gives his very self there. Yet people make excuses all the time why they can’t go: too busy, too tired, too sick, too whatever. Every time I hear someone give me an excuse why they aren’t faithful to Sunday Mass, I want to cry. It is spitting in Jesus’ face after he left us the greatest banquet one could ever imagine. It is mortal sin.