Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 9, A.D. 2005
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for
his son.... Many are invited, but few are chosen." (see Matthew 22:2 and 14)
The wedding feast of the Kingdom is the new and everlasting covenant into
which God proposes to each soul eternal, beloving union in Him. Each soul is
gifted with a free will to consent, pledge one's truth, and to be espoused
to the Lord. The choice to accept this covenantal "proposal" from the Lord
requires a corresponding and freely vowed,"I do".
Many express disinterest in this "proposal" for eternal union with their
BeLoved God, and although repeatedly invited, they choose to ignore, despise
and dispose murderously of the life extended generously to them, preferring
recreation, business, and anything else before God.
Thus, these invited are rebuked and punished and the invitation is extended
to any that 'willą come, rich and poor alike. The only requirement is that
one dress in the wedding garment supplied by the King.
Yet even in this generous invitation and providential "dressing,"some
choose to be indifferent and are likewise cast out in the darkness with
those who first rejected the invitation.
O Lord, help us choose the great gift extended in Your proposed espousing.
May we put on the garment of Your saving love, washed clean in Your
sacrificial beloving, to be held, one in You, forever. May we seek Your
bounteous mercy in confession and at each Mass as You belovingly 'redressą
your beloved spouse, washing us more and more from our guilt, making us
whiter than snow. May we wholeheartedly, freely, and worthily pledge our
troth through Him Who is our salvation. Amen.
- Mary Williams
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