Father Manny's reflection (homily) Matthew 22:1-14, Isaiah 25:6-10
This Sunday’s Gospel from St. Matthew presents Jesus telling a parable of the King who was preparing a wedding feast for his son and who sent his servants to invite the guests. The King in the parable refers to God who invites people for the coming of Jesus the Messiah. The Son is Jesus. The servants are God’s messengers such as the prophets who were not accepted by some people. Our God still invites us to celebrate the presence of Jesus among us.
God’s invitation is open to everyone. “Go, and invite everyone you can find”. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah speaks of God preparing a banquet for all people. Through our baptism we accepted God’s invitation to be saved and to be truly loved through Jesus Christ.
The little incident about the wedding garment in the parable can refer to the way we live our baptismal commitment. While through baptism we have responded to God’s invitation then we need to live that baptismal life allowing the gifts of faith, hope and charity to grow in our Christian lives.
The presence of Jesus among us is a great gift. In Jesus, God provides us with rich food, which is the great experience of love for all people.
In the midst of difficulties and bad news that occur in our world we are given an opportunity of hope, bringing God’s love to other people. The wedding garment that the guests were expected to have, means that every Christian is called to persevere in faith.
In the celebration of baptism, the newly baptized person is given the white garment which is an important sign of putting on Christ, being dressed up with the qualities of Jesus Christ. As a community of believers, we look forward to accepting the choice of living more and more like Jesus Christ.
October the Month of the Holy Rosary
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. The month of October is dedicated to the holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the Rosary.
The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centered on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption with each decade referring to an event in the life of Jesus and Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary give us snapshots of the life of Christ and his Mother.
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