Dear Parishioners,

Wedding banquets have a prominent place in the Gospels, both in the parables and in the experience of Jesus and the disciples. Saint John places the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding banquet at Cana.  The parable in today’s passage from Saint Luke (14:1, 7-14) offers a perspective upon invitations, seating charts and self-definition. Wedding banquets are the “meeting place” where the divine and the human come together as one. The host always seeks to “raise the status of the guest” further enhancing that the “first will be last and the last will be first.”

Each time we come together to celebrate the Eucharist it is an image of the Kingdom, an encounter with Lord that requires, as the Prophet Micah (6:6-8) exhorts, “do justly, love mercifully, walk humbly with your God.”  And so we pray:

God and judge of all, you show us that the way to your kingdom is through humility and service. Keep us true to the path of justice and give us the reward promised to those who make a place for the rejected and the poor.

I thank you in advance for your generosity in today’s second collection, since it will be for our Mission in Kambaala, Uganda. Those who are ministered to at this Mission are surrounded by the name of “Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Clermont, Florida, USA” for it appears on nearly every cornerstone of each building. We are indeed a “cornerstone” and as the rest of the “building” grows to the honor and glory of God, we are also ministered to as they pray for us! I am so very grateful for your loving support of the Mission and of Father Ponce, himself!

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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