Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2017
From the Pastor:
This Twenty-eighth Sunday weekend, October 14/15, Matthew’s Gospel (22:1-14) continues with a whole different story called the parable of the wedding feast! Like last Sunday, this parable is a salvation history allegory symbolizing the Jews who were first called to be God’s People and the Gentiles who were called later to be God’s People! In our first reading from Isaiah (25:6-10), the image of the Messianic banquet on the Lord’s Mountain sets the stage for the parable of the Royal Wedding Feast! We might ask ourselves, just what are the requirements for entrance into the wedding feast of the lamb (Kingdom of Heaven)? Essentially, they have to do with the following: Faith in Christ, Receiving the Sacraments, faithfully following the Ten Commandments, the Corporal Works of Mercy together with the Beatitudes. Does this mean that we can earn our salvation by special works? No, it only means that there are basic requirements in order to receive the gift of our salvation! Everything in life is a Gift of God’s abundant and amazing grace! Throughout our lives, may we all graciously fulfill God’s Requirements in love so as to receive the gift of Eternal Life.
Blessings Upon All,