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October 11, 2020

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast

MT 22:1-14 OR MT 22:1-10

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and 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 he 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. The king 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."


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St. Teresa of Ávila (Feast Day October 15)

MARCH 28, 1515 – OCTOBER 4, 1582

St. Teresa was born in central Spain, amidst that country’s greatest century. She was from a large, middle-class and pious family. As a girl, Teresa dreamed of being a martyr or a hermit. As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She lived what she demanded of others, and she did it all with a cheerful disposition and a rich personality that overcame deep-seated opposition. She was a mystic, writer, and reformer of the Carmelite order. She was an influential and pivotal figure of her generation. Teresa was the first female non-martyr to have her feast day extended to the universal Church, and, due to the profundity of her mystical writings, she was declared a Doctor of the Church by Paul VI in 1970.


Take time to chat

  • Describe a wedding that you have attended. Explain what happens at a wedding feast to those who have never been to a wedding.
  • Why does Jesus use the image of a wedding feast to describe the kingdom of heaven?
  • In Jesus' day, people were generally supplied with appropriate wedding garments if they didn't bring one themselves. The man who was thrown out refused the garment and was unwilling to pay reverence to the king and dress properly for the occasion. What does this teach us about entrance into the kingdom of heaven?


Recipe of the week

Chicken Paella

While this classic Spanish dish originated as an ordinary work lunch for farmers, this version is far from ordinary. It's a great way to honor St. Teresa of Avila, who was born in Spain.

4 bone-in chicken thighs
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion diced
1 garlic clove minced
4 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon saffron
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cups arborio rice
3 cups chicken stock
1 can pigeon peas

Pat chicken dry and salt and pepper your chicken. In your paella pan or dutch oven, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Brown chicken skin side down for about 5 minutes or until it browns nicely. Turn the chicken over and brown the other side for about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and add the onions to the pan. Allow to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes and then add the garlic. saute another minute. In a small bowl, combine the hot water and saffron. Allow the saffron to dissolve in the water, then add the cumin. Mix to combine. Pour the spice mixture into the paella pan and add the rice, chicken stock and peas.

Mix it all together. Turn heat to high and allow rice to begin to boil. Turn heat to the lowest setting. Add the chicken pieces to the pan. Cover the pan tightly with foil and allow to cook on the stove top for 30 minutes. Remove foil and check to see if chicken is cooked through. Serve family style so everyone can enjoy it.



Family Fun

Wedding Day Album

Spend time as a family going through your wedding album or a wedding album from someone in your family. Share stories about the joy of your wedding feast.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the heavenly banquet of the wedding feast that you invite us to through your son Jesus! Help us to love one another as you love us. We pray for our family and all families to be holy and look to the Holy Family for help and a model of how to love one another. Thank you for giving us time together this day as a family. We ask through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to bless and protect our family as we enter a new week and seek to give glory to you. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

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Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“In his Great Commission, Jesus did not direct his disciples to stay inside and simply welcome those who show up at the Church’s door, but to go out: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations ...’ (Matthew 28:20).” (Marker 6.1)

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The magical term “hocus pocus” comes from the most sacred moment in Catholic ritual: the consecration of the bread as the body of Christ by the priest speaking the words “This is my body,” which in Latin is Hoc est enim corpus meum.