Thursday 20th Week in Ordinary Time 2022

Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Thursday 20th Week in Ordinary Time 08- 18-2022

Thursday 20th Week in Ordinary Time 2022

Matthew 22:1-14

Our culture is consumed with appearance. Look at the commercials. If we look only at the externals, for example, how a person dresses, we never see what Jesus sees in them. So, it would be easy to feel sorry for the poor fellow who didn’t have a wedding garment. But when I thought about it a little more, how did he get past the reservation desk?

The King provided the robes. So, he had to have one because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t have been allowed into the wedding banquet. I get this clue because no one noticed this detail except the King.

He saw something in this man that no one else did because he had a relationship with him, or at least he did. Most people can only see the externals, the robe. So, the wedding garment isn’t so much what we do that others see; it’s how we stand before Jesus.

What does he see when he looks into our souls? What is he longing to heal, to show mercy and forgive? As we approached Jesus to receive him in Holy Communion, let us not be afraid to hold anything back from Him and His mercy.

Please take notice that the man didn’t say anything. He knew his soul was not healthy to be at the Holy Eucharist, the King’s Wedding Banquet. I take his silence as non-repentance: not ready to own up to his faults and sins; not willing to tell the King, “I’m sorry.

Let’s use the time before Holy Communion and tell God we are sorry and decide what we need to do, with his help, to make amends to Him and to the other wedding guests.



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