Sunday, October 12, 2014
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10
2nd Reading: Philippians 4:12-14,19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus went on speaking to the chief priests and elders in parables: “This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king celebrated the wedding of his son. He sent his servants to call the invited guests to the wedding feast, but the guests refused to come.
“Again he sent other servants ordering them to say to the invited guests: ‘I have prepared a banquet, slaughtered my fattened calves and other animals, and now everything is ready; come then, to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went away, some to their fields, and others to their work. While the rest seized the servants of the king, insulted them and killed them.
“The king became angry. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. Then he said to his servants: ‘The wedding banquet is prepared, but the invited guests were not worthy. Go, then, to the crossroads and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast.’
“The servants went out at once into the streets and gathered everyone they found, good and bad alike, so that the hall was filled with guests.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
The parable we read in part today ends with the punishment of one guest found improperly dressed for the banquet. The master made an issue even of this detail notwithstanding the fact that he was poor and he was only a last minute substitute. God is as intolerant when it comes to religious observance.
Many years ago, a controversy arose regarding the holding of hands while doing the Lord’s Prayer at Mass. One church official dismissed this as trifle matter. But Cebu Archdiocese Liaison Officer Msgr. Achilles Dakay thinks otherwise. To him, even this detail must be addressed with definitiveness because it concerns order in worship.
Incidentally, the 20th National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy held from September 12 – 16, 2005 under the guidance of the then Palo Archbishop Pedro Dean took up the issue on holding of hands at the praying of the Our Father at Mass. The assembly issued a prohibition against “indecorous” movements or bodily gestures at Mass such as the holding of hands during the praying of the Our Father.
The doctrine behind not holding hands while reciting the Lord’s Prayer is filial recourse. Under this doctrine one approaches God not as his last but as his only resort. The moment of the Our Father at Mass is reserved for the exercise of this doctrine symbolically carried out by standing alone before God instead of holding hands with others. This is not to water down the communitarian aspect of Christian life. But the proper time for this is the point when the priest invites us to offer one another the sign of peace.
God is intolerant when it comes to religious observance. If we want our Liturgical celebrations to be pleasing to him, we must not overlook even the slightest details pertinent to order and discipline. The Liturgy is more than a big show we perform to God as a community. The minimum expected is order in choreography! – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, consume us with zeal for your commands so that as we respond to your invitation we may come dressed in radiant virtues of holiness and charity through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Wilfrid, Bishop of York. He was born in Northumberland in the year 634. Upon reaching 24, he went to England. There he was elected Abbot of Ripon in 658. He implemented Roman practices in opposition to the Celtic ways of Northern England. After his appointment as the Bishop of York, he encountered difficulties in acquiring his episcopate. The Archbishop of Canterbury instigated a division of the Diocese of York. St. Wilfrid was forced to go into exile while the case was under appeal in Rome. Meanwhile, he resumed his missionary duties and labored to evangelize the Saxons of the South. In 686, he was finally recalled and assumed his episcopate in 669.