WEDDING FEAST: the Kingdom, Our Eternal Destiny
28th Week in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, October 19, 2017
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. ...Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. ... Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find." -cf. Matthew 22:2-14
The main goal of this session is to share the Church’s teaching on the FOUR LAST THINGS: and to give participants the chance to reflect on death within the context of Life and Love.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Our Eternal Destiny
- Read Chapter 13 of the USCCA. What are the "last things"?
- This week, pray for the living and the dead - that all may know the love God has for them. Every day this week, pray a decade of the Rosary, and at the end, pray this special prayer for all who have died:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Why do you think that, in Scripture, the wedding feast is so often used as an image of the Kingdom of God?
How do you feel that no one responded to the King's invitation (in the Gospel parable) - does this seem unusual? Are not people usually honored to attend the feast of their King?
How did you feel about the King's anger - his destroying those who beat his servants and his expulsion of the one who showed up at the feast without a wedding garment?
What does this "parable of the Kingdom of God" show us about ourselves?
Are you preparing yourself for the Wedding Feast? Do you feel you would be happy to spend eternity with our King?