Centennial Mass of OLF–Bishop Mueggenborg

Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the last Apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima. As we do so, it is important to remember that Marian Apparitions have a Threefold purpose.   Motherhood of Mary – her care for us Include Mary in our “mindfulness” Lead us to Jesus   The first reason Mary has appeared to the Church throughout history is because of her motherhood. This passage from the Gospel of John contains three simple verses but the name “Mother” is repeated 5 times in those three verses. The Gospel writer John is trying to tell us that this moment is about the Motherhood of Mary. She becomes the Mother of the Church, the mother of all disciples, as she is given to us by her son on the cross. This moment of Jesus is our Lord’s ultimate hour. He reigns from the cross and pronounces a new kingdom of love and peace. He gazes down and sees his mother and the beloved disciple – someone who is a symbol of all of us. And in this moment we are told that Jesus “hands over his spirit”. It’s important to note that our Lord does not “give up his spirit” as some translations say. Rather, we are told that he “hands over his spirit”. That is an important distinction. When Jesus hands over his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, from the cross, we must ask ourselves “to whom does he give the Spirit?”. The answer is found in those gathered at the foot of the cross – the beloved disciple and the Blessed Mother. They are ones who receive the Spirit of Jesus in this moment. And because of that, Mary becomes the mother [...]

By | 2017-10-25T09:28:02+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Homilies|Comments Off on Centennial Mass of OLF–Bishop Mueggenborg

28th Sunday in OT

In St. Matthew’s Gospel today the parable of the wedding feast is the final of three parables Jesus addressed to the Jewish leaders. He likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a king giving a lavish banquet. The king of the parable is God, who has planned a celebration for his Son, Jesus. The servants sent by God are the prophets of Israel. Two times God sends out the invitation clearly expecting people to come to the feast. The first time, people simply refused. At the second invitation people declined because they were too distracted, too occupied with other things. Still the feast must go on, so the king invites everyone who can be found, the good and the bad alike. The servants went out into the byroads and rounded up everyone they met, the bad as well as the good. This filled the wedding hall with banqueters. When the king came in to meet the guests, however, he caught sight of a man not properly dressed for a wedding feast.   Like his other parables, this parable of Jesus is rich in symbolism and even in somewhat shocking turns of the story. The wedding garment may indicate being clothed in Christ. Having no wedding garment suggests someone who initially responded to God’s invitation but did not continue life in Christ. Matthew’s audience could well ask themselves if they are living with or without a proper wedding garment. And we can ask that question ourselves. The final verse summarized the meaning of the parable for Jesus’ audience.   “Many are called but few are chosen.” Many are called by God’s widespread invitation. Few however choose to accept the invitation or they accept it only partially or temporarily. [...]

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