Here is another parable for us to ponder. Matthew is rich in his symbolic yet deep meaning as he applies the parable to the present state of the people of Israel. You have to feel empathy for the king who gave a wedding feast for his son. His invited guest decide not to come. Some ignore the invitation. Others seized and killed those who sent the invitation. With what appears to be no other option, the king sends invitations to anyone who can attend the feast.
Jesus understands very well the state of those who are listening to him. Many want to hear his words. Others are trying to hold Jesus’ own words and use them against him. Could it be that the true essence of the invitation to the feast requires repentance, a change of heart, or a turning of life towards God. The king upon entering the feast sees a person without the proper attire. This person does not wear the wedding garment. This person is severely dealt with. What is that wedding garment? Why is the wedding garment so significant?
It is difficult to figure out the purpose of the wedding garment, but it appears that the king is passing some kind of judgment. The person with the proper dress may stand out because he has not changed his heart or mind and this is what is being judged. The king quickly identifies this person. He or she is one of the many who are invited, but not chosen because their heart is not in the right place.
It is not enough to just show up at the feast, one should be fully prepared to participate in the feast. That full preparation is to have heart and mind ready to receive the King into one’s heart. The wedding garment signifies those who have turned to the Lord. This one person who sticks out in the crowd has not done the work to participate in the feast. He is escorted out of the feast celebration. The great challenge for us is to work continuously on our heart, mind and soul so when the invitation arrives we can respond and fully participate when we attend the feast.
Last Sunday I had a great day. We celebrated a Mass in the Rocking Horse neighborhood. We had sixty people who attended the Mass and shared food and the football game afterwards. This was a great opportunity to meet many people in the neighborhood and to spend some quality time with them. I am most grateful to all those who attended this Mass. Pope Francis has asked us to meet our parishioners on their “turf”. This was the purpose of such an event. I am hoping to do more neighborhood Masses throughout the parish. If you think you would like to host such an event for your neighborhood let me know. I had the most enjoyable day over in Rocking Horse. Thank you to the people of that great neighborhood.
This Wednesday, October 18th we will be celebrating a special liturgy at 6:30PM. What will mark this liturgy as extraordinary is that a chalice of St. Padre Pio will be used and will be on display after the liturgy. There will be a presentation after the liturgy about the chalice and Padre Pio. Please come out and join us on this Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM!
On Monday, October 30th at 7PM we will have a special Healing Mass in our parish. This is open to anyone who needs the Lord’s healing in their life. Those suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses; those who have serious issues that are prohibiting you to live life fully, those who are struggling with any life issue, are all good reasons to attend. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and a time for further prayer after Mass will be available.
On Thursday, November 2nd we celebrate the Feast of All Souls at 7PM in the church. This is one liturgy I look forward to celebrating each year. Families who have had a loved one die over the past year are invited to attend. Any family whose loved one did not have their funeral celebrated at our parish can call the office and give us the name of your loved one. We would also like to invite you to our All Souls liturgy.
Thanks to all of you for your contributions towards the recent recovery efforts for the people of Texas and Florida. I also thank all who have donated supplies to the schools in the Florida Keys. Their recovery efforts are underway and will be eased through your generosity.
Please remember to pray for the gift of Life throughout this month of October. Many places in our world needs to know the importance of this Life we have been given by God. Pray for those who lost their lives in Las Vegas. Pray for an end to abortion. Pray that any kind of destructive measures concerning the beginning and end of life may stop being used. Pray that God will reign in our world, land, and hearts. Have a great week.