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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 13, A.D. 2002

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Philippians 4:12-14,19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

On this Sunday, we are given additional glimpses of the Perfect Future Life promised for those who accept the Word of God. The prophet Isaiah glows about its magnificence, St. Paul relates the strength God has given him on the journey, and in today's Gospel Jesus describes it in the parable of the Wedding Banquet.

We should not be too quick to pass by this parable, because within it, we can clearly gauge our own response to God's call to holiness. Have we rejected the very essence of the call? Have we glossed over the urgings of this Gospel that should probe us in our examinations of conscience? Have we lost our simple, unwavering faith, that we once possessed as children? Has pride and covetousness crept into our lives, like the slowly shifting desert sands around the oasis of the Holy Spirit within our souls?

O holy soul, born of the love and generosity of our Father, God the Creator, resist the black cloak of Satan's pride. Fan the flames of the Holy Spirit within, that you may fully learn the path to salvation proclaimed by our Brother and Savior: Jesus the Christ. Amen, Amen!

- Joachim, ocds


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