Matthew 22:1-14

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20th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday

The Gospel

At that time Jesus began to speak in parables once again to the chief priests and elders of the people.

‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. “Tell those who have been invited” he said “that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding.” But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He dispatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town.

Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding.” So these servants went out to the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment, and said to him, “How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?” And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him, hand and foot, and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.

For many are called, but few are chosen.

First Reading

Prophecy of Ezekiel 36:23-28

Responsorial Psalm

I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins. ~ Psalms 50

Saint of the Day, 23 August

Santa Rosa de Lima Ebrafol.jpg
By Cicero Moraes – Reconstrução facial de Santa Rosa de Lima a partir de seu crânio digitalizado em Lima, Peru., CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Saint Rose of Lima, virgin. Her name is Isabel Flores de Oliva. She was born 20 April 1586; she died on 23 August 1617 at age 31. She is called Rosa because of her beauty. She belonged to the Order of Preachers (OP) tertiary. She is known for caring for the homeless, elderly and the sick. She lived a life of penance and solitude.
Pope Clement the IX beatified her in 1667 (or 1668). Pope Clement X canonized her on 12 April 1671. In 1672, she was declared saint of the New World, patroness of South America especially Peru. She is also known as the patron saint of florists and gardeners. Pope Pius XII proclaimed her Secondary Patroness of the Philippines.

Saint Rose Flowers and Gardens would be a nice name for a flower or garden shop.

Church Pilgrimage

Convento Santo Domingo - Lima.jpg
By Ingo MehlingOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The remains of Santa Rosa de Lima rests in the Basilica and Convent of Sto Domingo in Lima, Peru.

Church Dedication on this Date

On this day, 23 August 2003, marks the Dedication of St Peter The Apostle Parish in Paco Manila.

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