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The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday, October 8, 2023

Second Class – Green vestments

The Gospel reminds us that all men are called to the marriage feast of heavenly bliss. The Jews have refused to take part in it. Therefore, the apostles and the Church have turned towards the Gentiles. The beatific union is announced, prepared for, and in a certain manner begun, by sacramental Communion.

To take part in a marriage feast among the Jews, it was necessary to wear a wedding garment. Similarly, to receive the body of Jesus at the holy table and to be in communion with His divinity in heaven, one must wear the nuptial robe of baptism, or to be in the state of grace. Therefore the apostle exhorts us to put on the new man (Epistle).

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