August 15, 2022     8:20 am
78. Week of Sexagesima Sunday - Sunday
Many are called, but few are chosen
          Many are called, but few are chosen   Mathew 22:14
          On Tuesday morning, in the temple, Jesus also spoke the following parable to the chief priests and elders who hated Him: "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding for his son, and sent his servants to call them who had been invited to the wedding; but they refused to come. Then he sent other servants, saying: Tell the people who are invited, "Look! I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened calves are killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding. But they paid no attention and went away, one to his farm, another to his business; and the rest took his servants, and treated them spitefully, and killed them.  When the king heard of this, he was angry. He sent his soldiers, and killed those murderers, and burned their city." This part of the parable plainly refers to the unbelieving Jews. The Lord continued: "Then he said to his servants: The wedding is ready, but the people who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, invite to the marriage. So the servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests." This refers to the remnant in Israel and to the converted heathen. "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who did not have on a wedding-garment; and he said to him, Friend, how did you come in without having on a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants: Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Here a man is portrayed who maintains outward affiliation with the Christian Church, but does not, in true faith, lay hold on Christ's merit. Finally the Lord said: "For many are called, but few are chosen." So in this parable He shows that God fervently and with great mercy calls many to His salvation who are still lost through their own fault. There are only a few elect of God who truly comfort themselves with the merit of Christ, and lay hold on His salvation. Do you do it, reader?
          PRAYER: - Almighty and eternal God, who, from pure and undeserved mercy in Christ Jesus, offers righteousness and eternal life to us poor sinners, freely and without price; I beseech Your mercy graciously to keep me, that I may not despise nor forfeit Your divine grace; and give to me Your good spirit, that I may lay hold of it in true faith, and walk worthily of it in true sanctification: through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, our Lord. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     8:20 am