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Saturday, October 10, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron……
In the early 1980s St. Pope John Paul II was scheduled for a visit to Washington, DC. He was scheduled to appear at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where he was to meet with leaders and representatives of the major orders of consecrated men and women. At the time, I was a member of the Carmelite Monastery and a theology student at Catholic University. Many of my colleagues invited me to join them, not inside the shrine, but outside in the crowd. I declined the offer and instead traveled down to the Washington Mall area where John Paul II would celebrate Holy Mass with the multitudes.
I did enjoy the prayer of the Mass along with the multitudes and viewed Pope John Paul as a miniature figure on the altar staging area far..far away. Later, returning to monastery, I was greeted by my brothers who shared that they were so very close to the Pope and that he shook their hands on the way up the stairs to the shrine. At that moment I realized my mistake in declining their invitation to join them.
This weekend’s first reading, from the book of the prophet Isaiah Chapter twenty-five, prefigures a marvelous unity between God and God’s creation speaking of the plentiful banquet that God will prepare for His people on His holy mountain; a symbol of God’s Kingdom. Rich juicy food, and pure choice wines, no more death or mourning are all portrayed as attributes of that heavenly union.
In the Gospel for this weekend, Matthew finishes a third parable as was those addressed to the scribes and elders of the people. The setting is that of a wedding feast. Such celebrations of joy, joined with those of “climbing Gods Holy Mountain” to symbolize the ideal of unity and joy as God and God’s people celebrate their oneness. The highlighted message is that those invited to the feast, refused to attend and even were brutal to those messengers who were sent to invite them. The King then turns to invite all that the servants could find; all who would accept the invitation to celebrate.
Our time in life’s journey is brief. The invitations that are given to us to come to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb are many. Let us not be like those of the parable, too busy to accept the invitation; too preoccupied by what we think is important. Let us not miss our opportunity. Many of the scribes and elders of the people didn’t wish to leave the security of what they had always done and how they always did it to accept the new invitation of Jesus. They missed their opportunity. Don’t miss yours.