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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 22, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Growing up most, if not all of us have no clue what it is like to be subjects to a King, or to be ruled by one. We may have even said at one time or another, we bow to no man! Only to God! Really? Because we bow to no man, have we learned to at least respect one another? or to respect our elders? our priests? our teachers? Do we instead Lord ourselves over others? How then can we truly say we bow down to God alone and worship Him as we should?

God our Father invites us to a heavenly feast daily, especially on Sunday. The wedding feast of His Son our groom Jesus Christ, how many have refused to come? How many would yell and scream when a family member insist they attend? How many had far more important things to do? Really more important than God? More important then spending some time with our Creator, the one who loves us more than anyone on earth ever will? Indeed those who have turned their backs on Him deserved their just deserts.

God welcomes us all, sinners and saints alike. So long as we have contrite hearts, it is He and He alone who can make us worthy to attend His feast. For those who cannot afford it, He even provides the wedding garment. How can we then still refuse to put on the garment of Holiness, to reverent our Lord, our God? To stand ready and worthy to greet the groom? To fully participate in the celebration in which we ourselves are nourished with the heavenly meal.

Do we instead insult our Lord our God by our refusal? To come before Him in shabby garbs? Inappropriate for the heavenly feast? To come before Him with unrepentant hearts? With our indifferent or lukewarm attitudes?

Let us pray….

O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, you have given to the human race the reward of eternal life. Grant we beseech you, that through the intercession of the mother of the Author of life, the Church may become the mother of many children who will take their place before your throne to sing Your praises for all eternity, through Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, one God for ever and ever. Amen

(Memorial – The Queenship Of The Blessed Virgin Mary)

GOSPEL
Matthew 22:1–14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”