The Catholic Calendar for Thursday, August 23, 2007
Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Rose of Lima, virgin and religious

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Judges 11:29-39a
Psalm 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Matthew 22:1-14

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment? (see Matthew 22:12)

In His wedding feast parable, Jesus talks about our invitation to dine with Him in eternity. His Father has already prepared a place for us, but the choice to accept it is ours.

Jesus even counsels us on what to wear—a wedding garment. How will we appear as we walk in the door to such a magnificent feast? How will Jesus see us? Will He see us in an acceptable garment, or stained with unconfessed sins, anger and guilt? Will we wish we had worn something more suitable? If we had known the occasion would be so glorious, we might have done more to get ready!

And what if we’ve rejected Jesus’ invitation and refused to come to the banquet, imagine our sorrow.

This parable gives us a chance to respond to Christ’s invitation with a resounding “Yes!” and to clothe ourselves in a garment fit for the final and everlasting feast.

“Tell those invited: ‘Behold, I have prepared my banquet.'” (see Matthew 22:4)

– Elizabeth Tichvon — email: elizabethtichvon(at)comcast(dot)net

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