FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
November 24, 2016
Thursday of the Last Week of Ordinary Time
From the Word of the Day
Blessed are those invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb! (Revelation 19-19)
No one is excluded from this wedding banquet! We well know that in the Gospel we have heard several times a parable of Jesus speaking of a wedding banquet. Those who are excluded are those who have chosen to be, refusing the invitation and not accepting the conditions of the invitation. This banquet is for everyone without distinction.
John is invited by the angel to write this beatitude after having heard from his voice that the great Babylon has fallen. In other words, the angel confirms that death is overcome, that the good is stronger than evil and he lets him hear the crowd of the faithful that sings Alleluia. In times of persecution and of difficulties, it is important to remember that evil can no longer prevail and however it presents itself, its aggression cannot take away the certainty of eternal life in God.
The image of the banquet represents the Church very well, the community of believers who love God and His Son Jesus Christ. The believers gather together to eat, to celebrated the new covenant with God, to share the labors and the satisfactions of living for the Gospel, in order to resist in persecutions and in temptations.
Lord, this beatitude gives us the strength to support the persecuted Christians in the world and give them the reassurance that they are not alone nor useless and that communion with You repays all suffering
The voice of Etty Hillesum, Mystic
If all this suffering does not broaden our horizons and does not make us more human, freeing us from pettiness and from the superfluous things of this life, it has been useless.