A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Thursday, August 19, 2004

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The parable in today’s Gospel has many facets. Many of them may strike the hearer as odd: the rudeness of the original invitees, the subsequent invitation of people off the street to a royal wedding feast, and what happens to the guest who had not changed into a wedding garment.

The king’s instructions to invite people off the street obviously represent how God reaches out to everyone.

How the people respond to that invitation is something we should carefully consider.

How do we respond to the Lord? Have we turned away from God and ignored the promptings of the Spirit within us? Do we react angrily to those who bring forward the teaching of the Church to challenge our beliefs or the way we live our lives? Do we really think we don’t have to change?

The Lord is inviting us. We must respond and continue to change, to grow, and to pass on the invitation.