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Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 22:1-14): “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." Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “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. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Then the king 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.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today Jesus presents to us that God who calls on us all, and it seems who many of us are fleeing from. In the end, God even goes "to the crossroads" to make sure that everyone is invited. God is good, patient, merciful ... But, because he is good, he is fair: you cannot enter into His Eternal House unless you are wearing “wedding attire”.

-The theme is simple: Heaven is a place of Love. The lazy, the selfish, the rich… are going to be bored in heaven. Even worse, they can’t bear the idea of Heaven!