Pope Francis writes, “All of them have a right to receive the Gospel without excluding anyone. Instead of seeming to impose new obligation, they should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty, and who invite others to a delicious banquet. It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but ‘by attraction.’ John Paul II asked us to recognize that ‘there must be no lessening of the impetus to preach the Gospel’ to those who are far from Christ,’because this is the first task of the Church,’ Indeed, ‘today missionary activity still represents the greatest challenge for the Church.’ and the ‘missionary task must remain foremost.’ What would happen if we were to take these words seriously? We would realize that missionary outreach is paradigmatic for all the Church’s activity.”
We are invited to a delicious banquet. I remember this story from a sermon. An Italian family was coming to the new world on an ocean liner. It was an extended family. The family brought few supplies, and they were in the lower part of the ship. the youngest son, Tony wanted to explore the ship. He went off and found himself in the banquet hall in the grand dinning room. He found himself eating the fresh fruit, hot bread, and many different kinds of meat and cheeses. After eating this delicious meal Tony went back to his family, When Tony mother saw all the food on Tony Face she was furious. But, Tony responded, “Mom all this food comes with the ticket.”
The ticket is our faith. By Virtue of our faith we have access to the banquet hall. We have access to delicious foods and choice red wines.