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Crumbs for a Banquet Feast

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Seasonal Meditations

Crumbs for a Banquet Feast

Only one who has never been at the great banquet feast of Christ will insist that the crumbs under the world's table are a perfectly acceptable alternative.

Your place is reserved for you… this is why He called you into being… don't settle for crumbs.

The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that you might have life, and that more abundantly. – Jesus (John 10:10)*


*This is from the portion of Saint John's Gospel called “The Good Shepherd Discourses”.

The thief and robber of the sheep,—as for instance a heretic or schismatic, a Scribe or Pharisee, or especially a false Christ,—comes to carry off the sheep (i.e., the faithful) from God and the Church, whose property they are, to hand them over to the synagogue of Satan, and there kill them by heresy and sin, and cast them into hell. But I who am the true Shepherd of the sheep (i.e., of the faithful) came down from heaven, not for My own sake, but for that of the faithful, that being freed by Me, they may have the life of grace, even yet more abundantly. The [Greek word] may be taken either as an adverb (abundantly), or as an adjective (abundant), that is, surpassing, exceeding all measure, that is. that they may abound in My doctrine and grace, and may live thereby, quick in spirit, enriched with spiritual gifts both in this world by grace, and in the world to come by glory.**

** from Cornelius à Lapide. (1908). The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide: S. John’s Gospel—Chapters 1 to 11. (T. W. Mossman, Trans.) (Third Edition., Vol. 5, p. 365). Edinburgh: John Grant.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Sandy

    Happy Feast of Christ the King!  As for me, I want to be present for the great banquet, even if I have to sit at the last table.

  • judeen

    cumb s….. from the almighty God is like a banquet… almighty love , mercy , forgiveness.. are just cumbs.. from God we would never be able to live if we really knew the love God had for us.. some of the saints longed to die to live in the cumb of love they expereinced.. so they longed for Gods fullness… confession , healing renewing of our earthly life… we can never leave once we have received such cumbs… and any expereince from God…

  • As we prepare for the fullness of the new English translation, language fit for a King as Fr. Barron comments, we begin with the rich and beautiful “crumbs.” But as we listen and reflect on them we will indeed find a feast rich with meaning.

  • Carla

    This is what I want to say to my dear protestant friends and even, sadly so, to catholics who don’t experience a truly reverent and worshipful Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…

    • Guest

      Carla, not only the Sacrifice of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many people receive Jesus in the Eucharist as a habit with no reverence. Many times have I seen people going to receive Holy Communion and coming back to the pews, they immediately proceed to sing the Hymn even before they kneel down to greet Jesus Whom they have just receive? No wonder Jesus lamented bitterly to Saint Faustina on 19th November, 1937 about those who receive Him with indifference. He said : “When I come to a human heart in Holy communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat Me as a dead object”. (St. Faustina’s Diary – Divine Mercy in My Soul No.1385). As for the Protestants, they will never realize just what they miss. The apex, and the ultimate of the Catholic Worship is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and reception of Jesus Himself in Holy Communion. The second greatest moment of union with Christ is when we encounter Him in His Tribunal of Mercy, confess our sins to Him through the Priest (as He demanded on the 8th Day after His Resurrection when He appeared to His Apostles in the Upper Room) and hear His Own Words of Forgiveness and Absolution. Upon these Two Great Sacraments lies the fullness of the Salvation Mystery and the unfathomable Love and Mercy of God as we journey towards our Eternal Destination

      • Carla

        yes, Mary….it moves us to tears (the ignorance and business just moments after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and no shepherd to instruct the flock)…and my own behavior is sickening since I so soon forget and leave Him…busying myself with my own wretched self.

  • Michwalton

    Happy Christ The King!!!
    Peace and Love.

  • Julia

    Are you asserting that the Prayer of Humble Access is meaningless, if not altogether misleading?


    • Julia – Your response is baffling to me so forgive me if I don’t know how to respond. My reflection here is simply that as Christ’s redeemed, we know that he has invited us to the great feast. As well, I know from dealing with thousands of folks every year, that far too many accept garbage from the world as if it were good and forsake the real banquet of Christ which is the only thing that can satisfy and heal our souls. Blessings to you.

  • DDD

    Praised be Jesus Christ and God our Father, who is present in His praise!

  • jack g.

    I am not going to settle for crumbs. I want to live in the fullness of life in Jesus, and sometimes it might be insignificant, mundane life, but in the eyes of God very important. Like being a parent where the results are visible after many years, but when we accept the invisible, mundane it becomes rich and powerful and full of life in Jesus. I still have a lot to learn in that department and I understand that the learning will never end, but I hope that I will be able to do all I was expected to do or to be the best version of myself, as Matthew Kelly would say. That is why I have made Jesus the King of Kings in my daily life also and He is my way, life and my truth in the resurrection. In the Bible we can hear “Do not fear” so many times, so to me there is no need to fear, but trust in every little thing we do every day of our life. For now it might look like crumbs, but in the end those crumbs gathered will be the fullness of life in God.
    I aspire to sanctity and I know that sanctity is a never ending process full of falls and trials, but if that is the way, I have no problem with it. I also know that I will be judged by the way I got up and not by the way I fell. Hail to the King Jesus Christ.

  • Betsycarraway

    It is not contrary to humility, to want the Banquet instead of the leavings.  Christ our King, Thy Kingdom Come!  🙂

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