Ezekiel 36:23-28, Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19, Matthew 22:1-14
My Beloved, no matter how grave our sins, no matter how far we have wandered away from Your way of truth, life and love You forgive us. The waters of baptism have the power to cleanse us and remove all stain of sin from our souls. You give us a new heart and a new spirit. you melt the hardness of our heart and give us Your Holy Spirit who abides in us. Renewed again, restored and strengthened we will follow You and keep Your Word. You grant to each of us our heart's desire and all that our spirit needs to be acceptable in the sight of God.
Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19
The psalmist echoes the words of the prophet Ezekiel. You alone can take the sinner and lead him to conversion and repentance. If You cast us away from You, we will perish. If You take Your Holy Spirit from us, we will cease to be. When we come to offer You our sacrifice of praise at the Eucharistic table, the sacrifice of our life in union with Yours is acceptable to the Father only when we are cleansed of all sin and are humble and contrite.
Keep me meek and humble always Lord!
My Beloved, God desires that everyone be saved. Immediately after the fall God planned to save us despite our disobedience. From all the nations, He chose Israel as His own and sent holy men and prophets through the ages revealing His plan of salvation. God loved the people He had chosen from all the nations, He rewarded them when they were faithful and punished them when they forgot His law and worshiped strange gods.
God revealed from the first that He would send a Savior, a Messiah who would redeem His people from the slavery of sin and set them free. However, they killed the prophets and holy men because they would not turn away from their sins. At the appointed time, the Father sent You, His only Son into the world, You revealed who You were with amazing signs and wonders but the people refused to believe that You were God and the Son of God.
You tell them this parable about guests being invited to a wedding banquet. You are the Bridegroom, the King is the Father, the guests are God's chosen people who refused the invitation. The servants who went to call the guests are the prophets who were treated with violence and killed. The King sends more servants to the crossroads extending an invitation to everyone they met. Because of the rejection of Your people, the whole world without any exception, received the invitation, they chose to accept and were granted the privilege to feast at the banquet.
Every guest wore the wedding garment that was handed out to them but when the King enters He noticed that one of the guests was not robed in the wedding garment and when he was questioned he was silent. He had refused it and found that without it there was no place for him at table and he was thrown out.
There is only one way to the Father my Beloved and that is through faith in You.