‘All Are Invited’ – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Our 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.

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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