I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday August 22, Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Matthew 22:1-14

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.”
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My Reflection:
A young man suddenly died without any cause, his very devoted catholic parents were telling themselves, “If only he listened to our advice to always go to church for Holy Mass we would not been worrying right now about his salvation.”

As we journey in this world, there will be people who will invite us to attend Holy Mass, to read the Bible, pray the Holy Rosary and to walk away from our sinfulness. But because of our many preoccupations we don’t mind many of them we just hear them and not take them seriously. If only we would take them seriously we would have been entitled to many blessings including the gateway to heaven.

The king in our gospel for today gave a wedding banquet.  So he told his servants to call the invited guests to the feast but because of their many preoccupations they refused to heed the call.

Let us not refuse God’s call for us to be closer to HIM. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain if we would only listen to HIS voice. …  

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