In the Gospel from the Latin Mass for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus talks about everyone being invited into His wonderful Son’s wedding feast. I take this as the Holy Catholic Church. Those in the Catholic Church, but without the proper wedding garment, eventually will “crash and burn”. “Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
God invites everyone to become a member of the Catholic Church and enjoy the wedding feast. But Jesus also says that “many are called, but few are chosen“. I take this as that many who have been invited will eventually “crash and burn” and only a few are chosen to stay faithful to the Church’s teachings.
Many who were invited chose not enter the Church because of their love for the world, “their farm and business”.
The Jewish religious leaders would not enter either. Instead they decided to “lay hands on His servants” the prophets and have them put to death, including Jesus, the King’s Son. In the year 70, these progressive Jewish church leaders “crashed and burned” when the Romans killed them and burned down their city Jerusalem.
“At that time, Jesus spoke to the chief priests and the Pharisees in parables, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage, and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold I have prepared my dinner; my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected: and went their, ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise: and the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard, of it; he was angry: and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they, that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together, all that they found, both bad and good; and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to fee the guests; and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment: and he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” St. Matthew 22:1-14
The wedding garment in the soul should be:
1) Jesus’ presence in our souls along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
2) Sanctifying Grace.
3) Love for God and neighbor.
4) Purity of heart. (Absence of sexual sins and other sins).
5) Humility. (No pride).
6) Obedience of God and proper authority. (No rebelliousness against God like the devil).
Everyday, we have to decide if we want to stay inside the King’s wedding by staying faithful to Jesus and His Catholic Church. If we do, we are so blessed because we have a safe place to belong with God as our protector.
Many children, when they be come teenagers, decide to leave the family because they do not want keep on their families wedding garment of obeying their parents rules. They would rather make their own family of Gang members, or party goers or druggies, or homosexuals. But these “families” do not last and eventually when things get bad, they eventually “crash and burn”.
The “Prodigal Son” learned this when he finally “crashed and burned” after using all his father’s wealth on sex and partying. His new “family of partiers” abandoned him once his money was gone. Now his new family became the pigs he took care of. He longed to eat pig’s food, but not even that was offered to him. He finally comes to his senses and returns back home to be a servant in His True Father’s home. Once again he experiences the love and companionship of his true family.
Many of us traditional Catholics have already been outside the King’s wedding feast. We have already seen “the exterior darkness”, “the weeping and gnashing of teeth“. Yes it is hard to be a true Catholic and obey all of God’s rules. But it sure beats “crashing and burning”.
Liberal Catholicism only leads to sin, which leads to suffering and suffering for those around us. Let us humble ourselves and again put on the wedding garment of holiness and return back to the Bible and Church. Then, once again, we will feel the security of Our Father’s loving home.