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     For the past two weeks we have been hearing parables about the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus has been directing to the Scribes and Pharisees. Today we conclude with the third and final one in this set.  Jesus started off by teaching that you must practice what you preach, (parable of the two sons) then Jesus  talked about their (the Pharisees) rejection of the truth, John the baptist, and himself, and finally Jesus teaches that the kingdom of God is like a banquet prepared for all those whom believe.

    In Canada, this weekend, we celebrate thanksgiving. The wonderful feast of family, happiness, gatherings, and food. I find it very special that todays' feasts described in the readings land on a feasting weekend for Canadians.

    Today, Christ tells a parable about a king and the wedding feast that he hosts for his Son. Again, when teaching in parables Jesus would connect something divine to something familiar with the people of that time. So Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a Wedding banquet. The wedding banquet is an immense and marvellous event in the time of Jesus ( Just think of the wedding in Cana) It was a time for the fattest calves to be slaughtered, and the finest feast prepared. It was a party, a time to celebrate. The fattest calf would only be killed for a great celebration ( see also the story of the prodigal son) and a wedding certainly is a wonderful celebration.

    The first reading also describes an immense and elegant meal prepared on the mountain of the Lord. Prepared with the rich food and well aged wines, that is ready for all peoples. At that time, when we enjoy this feast, God ' will swallow up death' and he will wipe away all tears, so that at this banquet there will forever only be joyfulness, and jubilation among the people present.

    Don't these feasts sound wonderful? Wouldn't it be wonderful to partake of these meals? I sure think so! I can't wait to partake of this heavenly meal! But wait! I can! Christ instituted a portion of this meal here on earth at the Last suppers- The Eucharist!

    The Eucharist is simply a taste of the banquet that we, whom are called, are one day destined to dine at. The Mass is beautiful and marvellous has it is, so imagine how much greater this feast will be! When God is the chef who has prepared the finest of foods. At this banquet, Jesus makes himself the main course. His flesh, his blood is our food- the most perfect food that we can ever have. The celebration will be great- greater than anything than we have experienced here on earth.

    The Eucharist is a sign of Gods love for us, and his plan for salvation. For through Christs passion and resurrection we are all saved. Saved from death and saved from the sin that has bidden us on earth. When we come to receive the Eucharist, we gather together as a community of believers. The body and blood of Christ is to be shared with us all, and is to be for all. So we come, in faith, in community, to receive communion- and what a feast that is!

    St Paul reminds us in the second reading to be eternally grateful for this feast. To remember that, especially has we celebrate Thanksgiving, those who are less fortunate.  To remember what it is like to have nothing, to be poor, to be less fortunate. We cannot be truly happy unless we know what it is like to cry, we cannot experience true joy unless we have experienced sadness, we cannot truly give thanks until we see or experience someone or ourselves having little or nothing.

     May we come to the Lord, accepting his call to dine at his heavenly feast. May we come to partake of a piece of heaven on earth, that is, Jesus Christ in the most Holy Eucharist. May we earn for the kingdom, set our minds on God and earn to partake of this most holy, and bountiful feast!

"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude."
- St. Angela of Foligno

"He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."

         - St. Peter Chrysologus

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


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