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Archbishop Wenski introduces new auxiliary bishop for Miami

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At St. Helen's 50th anniversary

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Estolas para celebrar a la Virgen de la Caridad

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Catholic Relief Services: Disaster update

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Brazilian Catholics celebrate 300th anniversary

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St. Mark kicks off evangelization efforts with Reboot Live!

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At Red Mass with Miami legal professionals

St. Mary Cathedral photo album

St. Mary Cathedral photo album

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Country singer visits chainsaw nun

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Lutherans and Catholics: walking a common path

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V Encuentro ‘jigsaw’ starts coming together

Miami to host statewide Respect Life Conference

Miami to host statewide Respect Life Conference

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We need a ‘bold cultural revolution’

October 12, 2017

114. All of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution. Science and technology are not neutral; from the beginning to the end of a process, various intentions and possibilities are in play and can take on distinct shapes. Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way, to appropriate the positive and sustainable progress which has been made, but also to recover the values and the great goals swept away by our unrestrained delusions of grandeur.

Source : Laudato Si'

Fr. Bernard Kirlin

St. Mary Magdalen Church

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do you really want to go to heaven?

There was a pastor preaching on the return of Jesus to heaven. After describing the glories and the wonderful life in heaven where Jesus had gone, the priest asked the congregation if they too wished to go to heaven. Everybody said ‘yes’ except one little boy. “Don’t you want to go to heaven when you die” asked the pastor. “Oh, when you die?” said the boy. “I thought you were getting a group to go right now.”

God’s destiny of each one of us is bound up with the reason He created us. Sister Rose Francis explained this to me and my first-grade classmates. Quoting the catechism of that time she said to us:” God made you to know, love, and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.” Christians have always thought of heaven as a feast.

Both Isaiah, in today’s 1st Reading, and Jesus, in the Gospel, speak of the rich feast that God will prepare for His people. For Isaiah, it is a feast that will bring joy at the removal of death forever, the wiping away of all tears, and the taking away of all reproach that separated people from God. For Jesus, God gives us an invitation to come feast in His Kingdom. It is an offer that fulfills the desire of every believer as found in today’s responsorial psalm. “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

But to attain this desire, each person must accept the invitation and prepare to go to the feast. Unfortunately, as the parable that Jesus relates of a King inviting guests to a wedding feast for his son, there are some who absolutely refuse to accept the invitation. In fact, they kill the messengers who convey the invitation. The King is so angry that He destroys them. Still there is within the King an urgent longing to have the banquet hall filled in celebration for and with His son, so He tells His servants go out to the highways and byways to invite all kinds of good and bad people to the feast.

When the banquet hall is filled, the King notices a man without a wedding garment and asks him why he does not have such a robe. The man makes no answer and so the King has him thrown out.

Why?

This seems cruel to our way of thinking. I thought so until my pastor explained it to us one day at Mass. “God (or the King) provides the wedding garment so that we may be prepared to enter into His presence. It is up to us to remember to keep that garment for our entrance into the Feast of Heaven.”

The guest of the parable would have been provided the garment ahead of time. Either he forgot or just didn’t want to be bothered. On the day of our Baptism, we are clothed with a white garment and instructed to keep ‘it as a sign of our transformation into Christ and to bring it unstained into the glory of heaven.’

So, if we really want to go to heaven, we answer God’s invitation not just by giving a one-time response like an R.S.V.P. to some celebration, but by living the promises we made to God at our Baptism. Then we promised to reject evil in all its forms and temptations and to affirm out belief in the Most Blessed Trinity by living as the Father desires us to, by imitating and following the way the Son has shown us, and by saying ‘yes’ to all that the Holy Spirit prompts us to do each day.

So it is that the Lord invites us to stop and think for a few minutes this Sunday and this week if we really want to go to heaven. By keeping God’s commandments and by choosing the good and resisting evil we show our true desire to go home to heaven. Then, as Pope St. John XXIII said before he died, we can gladly say, “My bags are packed, and I am ready to go.”

Fr. Bernard Kirlin
Pastor

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