Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time, August 20

May Each and Every One of Us, with the Help of God’s Grace, Come to Always Know the Joy of Being “Chosen”, So That We Will Forever Share in the Eternal Wedding Feast of Our Lord.

We find in today’s Gospel the phrase, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

When I think about the parable of the wedding feast which we read today, I begin to realize what a wondrous gift God has given to each of us – inviting us from the very moment of our conception to become a fruitful and active member of the Body of Christ, in which our Lord Jesus is Himself the Bridegroom and we are members of His Bride.

If you and I should look back on our past life, especially when we were living through our teenage years and when we were young adults, can we honestly say to ourselves that we were always faithful members of His Church? Can we honestly say that we have never turned our backs on His Love?

I do not know about you, but I know our Lord must have found me wanting in so many ways at times. I am just eternally thankful that He was very patient with me!

And as I look back at a time when my children were young, and as I now watch many of my grandchildren now experiencing what each one of us once experienced – a searching, a journey of finding one’s way in this life – the struggles of growing up can become very difficult, especially in a society and in a world today which does not wish to recognize or even acknowledge God’s Presence among us.

Sometimes, these struggles even take us away from His invitation to be near Him. There are many in the world today who call themselves Christian, but their souls are oftentimes clothed in anything but His Divine Light – in the wedding garment needed to enjoy His Eternal Wedding Feast. Instead, their souls are steeped in sin, and their lives are sadly lived without remorse!

And yet, it is in God’s Merciful Love and His profound understanding of our weak human nature which gives us the chance to be reconciled and reunited with His Love. God gives us the opportunity of clothing our souls in the only attire which truly matters – the wedding garment of personal sanctity.

Even in our First Reading today, God is telling us through His prophet Ezekiel, “I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.”

I am sure that many reading this today can attest to the fact that God’s Merciful Love has touched someone we know, if not ourselves, cleansing us, giving us natural hearts to replace the stony hearts which had separated us from our God – which had once separated us from His Love.

I know that I have mentioned this many times before, but the one virtue which pleases God the most, the one virtue which brings us in closest communion with His Loving Presence – is the virtue of humility.

And our psalmist today helps us to better understand this with his own penitential prayer which we read in our Responsorial Psalm, “A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me…My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.”

And yet, we know that it is only through a humbled heart, a trusting, pure and open heart to our Lord, like the heart of a loving and innocent child, which enables our souls to be clothed in the garment of holiness – which, ultimately, will allow us to enter His Eternal Wedding Feast.

God invites each of us to his Eternal Banquet, so that we may share in His joy. As we look at ourselves in a mirror as God would see us, are we ready, are we prepared to feast at the Lord’s banquet table if we should be called today? Are we clothed at this moment in the wedding garment of righteousness?

I pray that, as we continue to cope with our daily struggles through this life, filled with so many vales of tears, we may never lose heart, we may never lose faith. And that, with the help of His Merciful Love, we may always live in God’s Presence and grow in the hope of seeing our Lord Jesus Christ face to face, one day, in His Eternal Wedding Feast – to which each of us are invited.

Remembering our Lord’s words we read in today’s Gospel, “Many are invited, but few are chosen”, I sincerely pray that, with the help of God’s grace, each one of us, both you and I, may come to eternally realize the joy of being “chosen”.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come…Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’” (Matthew 22:2-3, 8-9)
  • “I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
  • “A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit…My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” (Psalm 51:12, 19)
  • “I delight to do your will, my God; your law is in my inner being!” (Psalm 40:9)
  • “So now, O children, listen to me; instruction and wisdom do not reject! Happy the man who obeys me, and happy those who keep my ways.” (Proverbs 8:32-33)
  • “…living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)
  • “Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander; like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation, for you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:1-3)
  • “Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” (Jude 1:21)
  • “Then I heard something like the sound of a great multitude…as they said, ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment.’ The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones. Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’” (Revelation 19:6a, 7-9b)
  • “…Well done, my good and faithful servant…Come, share your master’s joy.” (Matthew 25:21ac)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Lord God, my Savior and my dearest Friend,
I pray for the grace and the strength
to remain faithful to Your teachings
and to the Sacramental life of the Church.

“Help me to persevere in the commitments
and promises I have made to You.
Give me the fortitude to live up to the vocation
I received during my Baptism as Your faithful child.

“Help me to place love and service to You
before all else in my life,
remaining true to Your Truth,
not abandoning myself to the lies and deceits of Satan.

“Grant me the grace to be a holy example for others,
never abandoning Your Laws for my own sake.
May I be a model of faithfulness and selfless love,
giving You honor and glory both now and forever. Amen.”

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