Thursday 27th November – Thursday of the week 34 of the year
Reflections: Apocalypse 18: 1-2, 21-23, 19: 1-3, 9
THE WEDDING FEAST OF THE LAMB
The Angel said, “Write this down: Happy are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the lamb” (Apocalypse 19:9). Jesus said, “When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand” (Luke 21:28)
As the Church’s liturgical calendar draws to its close in the next few days, the Church draws our attention to the last things (death, judgement, heaven and hell) and to the culmination of the age. It beautifully wraps it up with the picture of a wedding – the wedding of the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ. Since I write this reflection at a time I am preparing to get married in a few days, I can readily relate with the concept of wedding as a high moment in a man’s life. I can relate with the joy, excitement and the longing to posses your bride, your most priced jewel.
Dear friends, each day we attend Mass, we hear those words “Happy are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb”. They are used to call us to communion – to receive the body and blood of our blessed Lord, the Lamb of God who has taken away our sins. Indeed, you and I are the bride of Christ. He unites himself with us in the Eucharist and longs that you and I grow in love and holiness so that we may be completely united with Him in Heaven. Hence, let us heed his call in response to His great love and be strengthened through the Eucharist so that at the end of time we may be able to stand our ground, with our heads high, knowing that our redemption is near at hand.
PRAYER: Lord, may your kingdom come. May your will be done in our lives, until in us, the glory of your kingdom is revealed. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 219 – How often must a Catholic Christian participate in the celebration of the Eucharist?
A Catholic Christian is obliged to attend Holy Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation. Anyone who is really seeking Jesus’ friendship responds as often as possible to Jesus’ personal invitation to the feast.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Apocalypse 3:20 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Apocalypse 18: 1-2, 21-23, 19: 1-3, 9; Psalm 100: 2-5; Luke 21: 20-28