Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Shall we share our reflections on last Sunday's Gospel according to Matthew 22:1-14, regarding the parable of the Wedding Feast? The "wedding garment" stands out for me. The wedding feast is likened to the final salvation. All are invited, but few are chosen. God invites us all to salvation. We need to observe the commandments as Jesus Christ taught us in Matthew 22:37 & 39. Jesus Christ said to an inquiring scholar that the greatest commandment is: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." The second greatest commandment is: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
The "wedding garment" could be likened to how well a person lived by the two greatest commandments revealed by Jesus. Let us trust in Jesus Christ, Lord of Divine Mercy, through act of faith, obedience and gratitude in the revelation of Jesus Christ in order to merit our entrance to the Wedding Feast of final salvation.
From what I gather in the book "Many Things in Parables: Reflections for Life," written by Fr. Joseph Fichtner, OSC, the "royal garment" (or wedding garment) is designed with truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace.
Let us find ways to help each other to wear the wedding garment to the awaited wedding feast or final salvation.
Could you share your thoughts on the Gospel, please?
Many thanks in advance.
May God bless you always.
Monday, October 3, 2011
It gives me great joy that our Primo Maestro Blessed James Alberione has launched us all to spread the Good News in new and modern ways by reading the signs of our times. It gives me even greater joy to share with you the V.I.S. news article in which His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI encouraged European bishops to bravely draw up a new roadmap for the mission of evangelisation to serve the new generation.
This is so vital in order for bishops to lead the new generation on track along the right Way, to listen to the Truth and be guided by the Good Shepherd, and so as to gain the supernatural Life and be adopted children of God.
I enjoin you to give thanks to Our Almighty God for the re-emergence of Christianity in countries which suffered greatly under the dictatorship of atheist regimes. May the gift of faith in Jesus Christ flourish among the hearts of men, women and children especially in countries which are embracing and experiencing the glorious rebirth of the Church in Europe and around the world. Amen.
Please read the full VIS article below:
Source: Vatican Information Service
POPE TO BISHOPS: SEEK NEW PATHS OF EVANGELISATION
VATICAN CITY, 1 OCT 2011 (VIS) - The Pope has exhorted European bishops "courageously to identify new missionary paths of evangelisation, especially in serving the new generations". These words are contained in a message signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. and addressed to Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE). The council, which is currently celebrating the fortieth anniversary of its foundation, is holding its plenary assembly in Tirana, Albania, from 29 September to 2 October.
Benedict XVI describes the CCEE as "a vital structure connecting the European episcopates, which for forty years has promoted fruitful collaboration in pastoral and ecumenical activities".
The council has chosen to dedicate its assembly this year to the subject of the new evangelisation, also in view of the Synod on that subject called by the Pope for October 2012. In the opening session of the plenary, Cardinal Erdo recalled how the mission of the CCEE "is to support the Church throughout the continent of Europe, focusing particular attention on those Churches which, during the course of last century, suffered greatly under the dictatorship of atheist regimes. ... Today we can confidently affirm that the rebirth of the Church in those countries is proof of Divine Providence and of faith in Christ, Who was crucified and rose again".
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Jesus, Master, Way, Truth and Life, have mercy on us.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.
St. Paul the Apostle, pray for us.
St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast is celebrated tomorrow, pray for us.
Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.
Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo, pray for us.
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo, pray for us.