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.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
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- 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?