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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
28 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today's Gospel from Saint Matthew is pretty confusing. We are not sure why the person got into the banquet without a wedding garment, but somehow that person did and should not have been there. It probably is an image of baptism. Everyone is invited to the Kingdom of God. Entry into the Kingdom is normally through baptism of some type, physical baptism, baptism by being a martyr or baptism of desire. Today we stretch baptism of desire to cover all those who are seeking truth and goodness and justice and right and may never have known Jesus as Savior.
The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, is also a strong reading that invokes wonderful images and can speak to the heart. When the Prophet tells us that nn this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, he is using figurative speech to tell us that in the end we shall understand how the truth touched each one of us.
None of us is without sin and it is sin that veils our vision of the Kingdom. With baptism, sin is removed and we are able to see the Kingdom with a spiritual vision. We sin again and again, but we also have the sacrament of reconciliation to open our eyes over and over. Our God is a God of compassion and love.
We can become like those who are invited and refuse the invitation if we refuse to follow the Lord, if we reject the baptism that opens our eyes, if we refuse the sacrament of reconciliation that continually gives us new vision.
Just as Saint Paul in his Letter to the Philippians, tells them that he receives all that he needs from the Lord, so also we can understand his words spiritually. When he tells us that his God will fully supply whatever we need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus, we can surely accept that God gives us all that we need in this life to perceive the Kingdom and to live in the Kingdom.
This seems true for everyone who honestly seeks the truth, everyone who seeks to love others and for everyone who sincerely tries to do right. God's love is so generous! Such an invitation is not meant to lead us to leave our Church in the hour of distress, but instead encourages us to see the truth beyond the stains of sinfulness.
Let us seek the Lord where He is to be found. Let us walk the path of salvation. Let us thank the Lord for opening our eyes so that we recognize His love and compassion even when hidden behind the sinfulness of our own lives, the sinfulness of other or the sinfulness of our Church.
Save the date ! Our Polish Food Fest will be held on October 21st in the Parish Center - Come join us for great food and a great time.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Bp. John Mack, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Helen Kowalski, Mary Donahue, Stephanie Maciejewski, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Alvin Coulter, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, Denise Sullivan, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach,Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Monica Rondeau, Richard Ferus Proctor, Leeanne Gouveia, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Bruce Roberts, Rosalyn Goldman, Cheryl Scott, Nathan Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Caroline Reinking, Jeanne Franzen, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Teresa Tacinelli, Mary Saleh, Sharon Nolan, Yanna Lantz, Sharon Potthoff,Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Agnieszka Tenus, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Alice Rosmus, Susan Runowicz-Smith, Harry Cullinan, Sharon Ritucci, Gloria Tsouprakakis, Louise Regan, Harrison McKinstry, Kfristin Bilionis, Denise Quinn, James Strazzulla, George Cole.
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