Longing for God

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How many weddings of friends and family members have you already attended this year? Do you get those cute little “Save The Date” postcards? The Jews would not announce the date or time until everything was prepared. Then they sent couriers out to say “Come on, it’s ready!” But we see from the Gospel parable today some guests kept on about their business, and refused to come.

Kimberly G.

Kimberly G.

So the King’s servants invite all new guests who stand for the sinners and the unclean people of the time—the very ones you’d never see at the King’s table. In this way, Jesus announces his message of transformation: God welcomes all to the banquet of love and new life. The banquet is the symbol of the lavish, abundant Kingdom of God which fills all our hungers and delights all our senses.

People have associated God’s kingdom with food for a long time—even ridiculing it as “Pie in the sky when you die.” (I think Jesus would enjoy that image!). But isn’t there just something so wonderful and comforting about picturing us all together, feasting at a magnificent banquet?

IMG_9290The hungers we have for good food and drink show us just a shadow of how much our soul is longing for God. The question is, are we willing to do what it takes to be a guest at the banquet? Because, there is still a requirement to be prepared for the summons of God, by coming to the banquet wearing a wedding garment.

If we recognize God’s invitation, then hopefully we will be willing to “change our clothes”—to go to God dressed in garments of repentance, humility, garments of humble sorrow for our sins and faults. Let’s go to the banquet dressed in garments of love and respect for God.

IMG_9292October is Respect Life Month. In his recent column in The Monitor, Bishop O’Connell wrote the following: “I am convinced, after almost 60 years on this earth, that all of the problems assaulting us in this world of ours derive from a single root cause: the failure to “respect life.” Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment; acts of terror and war; escalating crime; violence and wanton killing of innocents; domestic and sexual abuse; drugs and gang crimes; immigration; poverty and inequality; discrimination and injustice; racism and hatred; breakdown of the family; blatant disregard for the environment—these are all ‘life issues’ because they tear at the most basic obligation of every human: to respect life. Think about it for a moment.” Please join us for a special HOLY HOUR FOR LIFE on Monday, October 20th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at St. Rose Church. We need to pray for the world, for our nation, for our cities and communities, that hearts will be converted to the truth that life is sacred and a gift from God, born and unborn!

You can be a witness for Life…. The Sacred Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Shrewsbury, NJ, on Saturday October 11 and October 18 at 9:00 a.m. Join together in praying the Rosary for an end to abortion at Planned Parenthood, 69 E. Newman Springs Road, Shrewsbury, NJ. For more information, call Pat at 732-842-6674.

Let us continue to pray for the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome on the very important topic on the Family. Pope Francis called us to prayer for the Synod saying “May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the gospel.” The prayer composed by Pope Francis is found in today’s bulletin. Have a great week….and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families
never again experience violence, rejection and division:
May all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready
comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us more mindful of the sacredness and
inviolability of the family and the beauty in
God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

I invite you to scroll down on this page and leave a comment. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

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audio Click to listen to my homily today (October 12, 2014): 10.12.14 Homily Father Ed. (The beginning which is slightly cut off is about wedding invitations and save-the-date notices.)

ReadScriptures Spend time with today’s Scripture Readings (October 12, 2014) here.

Joyfully in the Lord,

Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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