Our Pastor, Fr. Steven Voss, remembers his first date when he invited a girl who had been his friend since 2nd Grade to the homecoming dance with just a few days’ notice. Comedic preparations followed, and Fr. Steven still chuckles over what happened at the restaurant before the dance.
That first date reminded Fr. Steven of the one who came to the king’s wedding feast “not in a wedding garment”. Both stories show that preparation counts, but MT 22:1-14 is not about what to wear to church. The king’s feast is an invitation to be a partaker of everlasting life, for which we need to be well-clothed on the inside. Take comfort, says Fr. Steven, and don’t be nervous about the declaration, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” It is just a reminder: “Now is the appropriate time to mend those fences, to heal those relationships, to reach out to others and ask for forgiveness, or to give our forgiveness, to find ourselves in a Confessional line, to become more attached to a sacramental life in the Church.” Those who do will find that “when they are called to stand before Him at the end of time, they are properly attired in His love, His mercy, His grace.” We can be those people. Click on the video above or on this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full October 11, 2014 homily via YouTube.