Day 34 – February 3

Today’s Readings:

Exodus 25-26
Matthew 22:1-22
Psalm 34

““But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;[a] 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.” – Matthew 22:12

When we go to Mass, we can be assured that, most likely, no one is going to openly question how we are dressed. We know that we should dress in a way that honors God and shows Him respect. But more important than our external display of respect, we should take care of our inward disposition:

It is simply a matter of respect that we should present ourselves in our friend’s house as neatly as we can…So it is with God’s house. This parable has nothing to do with the clothes in which we go to church; it has everything to do with the spirit in which we go to God’s house. It is profoundly true that church-going must never be a fashion parade. But there are garments of the mind and of the heart and of the soul – the garment of expectation, the garment of humble penitence, the garment of faith, the garment of reverence – and these are the garments without which we ought  not to approach God. Too often we go to God’s house with no preparation at all.

–  The Daily Study Bible, Matthew Vol 2, p. 270, Barclay

What it boils down to is a simple question: How much time do I spend preparing myself to worship God on Sundays? 

Take a few minutes, still your mind and heart, so to give an opportunity for your soul to come to true worship. This is where our hearts and lives are changed.

May God bless you!

cb365

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