August 19, 2015, WEDNESDAY, 20th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Eudes, Priest; St. Ezequiel Moreno, Bishop
Jgs 9:6 – 15 / Mt 22:1 – 14
[St. John Eudes (1601 – 1680), a French priest devoted to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity.]
[St. Ezequiel Moreno (1848 – 1906), a Spanish Augustinian Recollect, Bishop of Pasto, Colombia. From 1870 to 1885 he was a missionary in the Philippines at various places (Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Calapan, Mindoro; Las Pinas; Manila; Cavite). ]
Reading: Jgs 9:6 – 15
Then all the lords of Shechem and the whole council assembled together by the oak at the pillar in Shechem, and proclaimed Abimelech king.
When Jotham was told about this, he went to the top of Mount Gerizim. There he cried out to them, "Listen to me, lords of Shechem, that God may listen to you!
The trees once set out to find and anoint a king. They said to the olive tree, 'Be our king.' The olive tree answered, 'Am I going to renounce the oil by which – thanks to me – gods and people are honored, to hold sway over the trees?'
The trees said to the fig tree: 'Come and reign over us.' The fig tree answered them, 'Am I going to renounce my sweetness and my delicious fruit, to hold sway over the trees?'
The trees said to the vine: 'Come and reign over us.' The vine answered, 'Am I going to renounce my juice which cheers gods and people to hold sway over the trees?' Then the trees said to the bramble bush: 'Come, reign over us.' The bramble bush answered the trees, 'If you come in sincerity to anoint me as your king, then come near and take shelter in my shade; but if not, let fire break out of the bramble bush to devour even
the cedars of Lebanon.'
Gospel: Mt 22:2 - 14
Jesus spoke in parables, "This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king celebrated the wedding of his son. He sent his servants to call the invited guests to the wedding feast, but the guests refused to come.
"Again he sent other servants. . . , 'I have prepared a banquet, slaughtered my fattened calves and other animals, and now everything is ready; come then, to the wedding feast.' But they paid no attention and went away, some to their fields, and others to their work. While the rest seized the servants of the king, insulted them and killed them.
"The king became angry. . . he said to his servants: '. . . Go, then, to the crossroads and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast.'
"The king came in . . . and noticed a man not wearing the festal garment. So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in without the wedding garment?' But the man remained silent. So the king said to his servants: 'Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the dark where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Know that many are called, but few are chosen."
In our younger years we may have experienced attending gatherings where we did not wear the proper attire. It was embarrassing not to have been properly dressed. As we grew in age we have learned how and when to dress for an occasion.
In the Gospel parable which was to "throw light on the kingdom of heaven," the king punished the man at the wedding banquet who was not properly dressed. The king felt insulted that a guest was not properly dressed at the wedding of his son. How did the guest get into the banquet not properly dressed? Did the king's assistants not offer him the customary festal garment? Did he refuse to wear what was offered?
Each one of us is invited to God's heavenly banquet. We were given the gift of faith when we were baptized; in God's Church we are given the sacraments and other helps to be worthy participants at God's banquet.
How have we responded to God's offers? Have we lived out our baptismal vows? Have we appreciated God's sacraments and helps to us? Have we lived out our lives such that we become guests worthy to be at the great banquet of the Lord?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
FR. MANUEL M. FLORES, SJ
For the thanksgiving & special intentions of Beny Chua
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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