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Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Today’s Gospel contains two stories. The first has to do with the original guests invited to the marriage feast. The king had sent out invitations well in advance to his subjects, so they would have plenty of time to get ready for coming to the feast. How insulting for the invited guests to then say no when the time for celebrating came! They made light of the King's ask for because they put their own interests above his. They not only insulted the King but the heir to the throne as well. The king's anger is reasonable because they openly refused to give the king the honor he was due. Jesus directed this warning to the Jews of his day, both to convey how much God wanted them to share in the joy of his kingdom, but also to give a warning about the result of refusing his Son, their Messiah and Savior. The second part of the story focuses on those who had no claim on the king and who would never have considered getting such an invitation. The "good and the bad" along the highways certainly referred to the Gentiles and to sinners. This is certainly an invitation of grace unmerited favor and kindness! But this invitation also contains a warning for those who refuse it or who come up to the wedding feast unworthily. God's grace is a free gift, but it is also an awesome responsibility.
Word of the Day...
Psalm 42:8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me -- a prayer to the God of my life.
Prayer ...
O God of my life, thank you for music and song. Thank you for giving me so many good things to sing joyfully about. Thank you for hearing our heart when we sing and not just my words and the song's melody. We long, dear Father, for the day we get to hear you sing and we join the heavenly chorus around your throne. Until then, fill our life with your song. Through Infant Jesus' name we ask it. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 22, 2013)
Day: Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 422
Colour: White
First Reading: Jgs 11:29-39a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast;but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.' 5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.' 10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' 14 For many are called, but few are chosen."


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