One of my boys has always had sensory issues; certain clothing or fabrics are especially difficult for him to wear. And although he has learned to tolerate the discomfort when needed, his first question when an invitation to an event arrives is, “What is the dress code?” If the answer is “formal,” he then proceeds to weigh the importance of attending the event, whether the ones inviting him would be hurt if he didn’t attend, and how quickly he could change into comfortable clothing. The more he cares for and loves, the more discomfort he is willing to endure. Isn’t the same true for all of us?
In today’s Gospel, we hear the Parable of the Wedding Feast. In his Angelus address on October 11, 2020, Pope Francis said:
“But at the entrance, they were give(n) a type of capelet, a gift. That man, having rejected the free gift, excluded himself: the king could do nothing but throw him out. This man accepted the invitation but then decided that it meant nothing to him: he was a self-sufficient person; he had no desire to change or to allow the Lord to change him. The wedding garment – this capelet – symbolizes the mercy that God freely gives us, namely, grace. Without grace, we cannot take a step forward in Christian life. Everything is grace. It is not enough to accept the invitation to follow the Lord; one must be open to a journey of conversion, which changes the heart.”
How often do we reject the grace God sends us in our lives? Think back to a time when his grace was uncomfortable or even downright painful. Remember… “everything is grace.” Change is hard, especially when we are talking about allowing God to change us. How much are we willing to endure?
Let us pray:
A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me. (Psalm 51)
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