October 11, 2008

Invited

"Many are invited, but few are chosen," says the Lord. Though we must rejoice in the good fortune to have accepted the invitation to the wedding feast of heaven and earth, it is also our task and privilege to make the wedding garment we received at our baptism shine ever more brilliantly. My homily for this weekend is posted here.

1 comment:

4narnia said...

thank you, once again, Fr. C, for your inspirational homily! the part of your homily that i could identify with was the part where you mentioned about how we sometimes might ask the question "why me?" "why are we at church and others like our friends and even family members not?" you mentioned that "our circumstances in life and the people we meet along the way have been different from that of others." this is so true! an example of this in my own life is the fact that i am the only practicing Catholic in my immediate family and only a very few of my relatives practice, but they're not as active and involved. i often have wondered "why me?" i truly believe that God has put the right people and circumstances in my life that have kept me on the path that leads to Him. unfortunately, my family is not understanding or supportive (or maybe they're just ignorant?) of my involvement in church. all i can do is try to be a gentle example and just pray for them. this Sunday's gospel acclamation speaks to my heart. if we read that entire section from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians, which is about thanksgiving & prayer, it can help us understand the answer to the question "why me?" this section from Sacred Scripture reads as follows: "for this reason, ever since i heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all saints, i have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. i keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. i also pray that the eyes of your heart may be open and enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and His incomparably great power for us who believe. that power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. and God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way." ~Ephesians 1: 15-23~ if we read even further into chapter 2 of Ephesians, it says: "for we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to." ~Ephesians 2:10~ i feel that these sections from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians really show us that the Holy Spirit is at work in us and that through God's grace and our faith, we have been called and invited by God. it's up to us to be open enough to answer His call and follow Him. PEACE!
tara t