Today is election day. At my polling place the line is delightfully long and mercifully fast. At Mass this morning the gospel was Jesus’ parable about the man who gave a great banquet but the invited guests would not come. It seems they all had something more important to do. As a man of faith I rejoice in the banquets set out for this day. There is first of all the banquet of God’s word which teaches, challenges, and helps form the conscience. There is the banquet of the Eucharist: the body and blood of Christ that brings Jesus Himself close so that His comfort, consolation and encouragement are near. And on this day there is the banquet of American democracy at work. So many in the world long for the kind of free elections we take for granted, and it a feast of the human spirit to be able to take advantage of it. In Jesus’ story about the banquet the guests refused to come. It is a precautionary tale urging us not to turn away from the great feasts that are offered to us!