August 30, 2015
Matthew 22:1-14– And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.' But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen." (RSV)
Are you prepared to meet the Bridegroom? - The Father has made a marriage feast for his Son by joining the Church to him through the mystery of his incarnation. The womb of the Virgin who bore Him was the bridal chamber of this bridegroom, and so the psalmist says: “He has set his tent in the sun, and He is like a bridegroom coming forth from His bridal chamber.” (Psalm 19:5-6) He truly came forth like a bridegroom from his bridal chamber who, as God incarnate, left the inviolate womb of the Virgin to unite the Church to himself. And so he sent his servants to invite his friends to the marriage feast. (St. Gregory the Great)
- August 29th - Beheading of St. John the Baptist - "Pointing to the Lamb"
- September 8th - Nativity of the Mother of God - "Mary: Hope of All Creation"
The Icon is of the Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John, which we celebrated on August 29th.