Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sermon of Fr. Gerard for the 19th Sunday After Pentecost

(Note, Father came up with a Homily for Feast of the Holy Rosary, but I could not get it in writting so he provided me with a previously written Homily for the 19th Sunday After Pentecost)- Web editor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

"In today's Gospel, we have the parable of the wedding feast. The invited guests recieved the call and rejected it- even to the extent of mistreating and killing the messengers. We can view this rejection as a symbol of the rejection of God's grace by an ungrateful soul.

What is this rejection of grace?
It means a rejection of divine onmipotence which created the soul and longs to direct it. The soul opposes his power and makes it fail; It is to despise his knowledge which chose such a wonderful way to make us like God himself.
It is to despise the order of His Providence; to range ourselves on the side of Satan against His established order of things.
Rejection of grace means despising the Passion and Death of Christ, the purpose of which was to restore grace to us.
It implies despising the glory of God, the last end of all order in the world; in rejecting grace we rob God of his glory;
It means despising the plan God has for saving us the immediate purpose in giving us his grace.
Rejection of Gods grace may easily mean the rejection of the last chance which God will give us to save our souls (parable of the wise and the foolish virgins).

Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts (Ps 94:8) this psalm verse is used every day at matiens, the first hour of the Divine Office. The Church also uses this Psalm (94) at the burial service."

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