Since the special covenant between God and His Chosen People Israel (in the Old Testament), and that between Christ and the Church (in the New Testament) is regularly likened in the Scriptures to a marital relationship, it should not surprise us that the image of heaven which the Lord presents to us in His parables is of a wedding banquet. The prophet Isaiah (in today’s first reading) describes our existence with God in heaven as “a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.” Then, as now, the best of foods are prepared for a wedding banquet. Who could refuse to attend such a feast?! The parable of the Lord indicates that some do refuse. And it isn’t sufficient that we simply desire heaven. We must “dress” for the occasion by being clothed in works of charity done in faith. Our life on earth should be a preparation for that heavenly wedding banquet.
Several weeks ago the SSPP Finance Council and I published our annual financial report. The sale of the cottage in Vilas County enabled us to eliminate our parish debt and bring us current in our support for Assumption Catholic Schools. Along with your regular weekly offerings, the rebate we received from the Diocesan Annual Appeal enabled us to meet our financial obligations. Once we meet this year’s target of $43,600, every dollar over that is returned to us for our use. I encourage all our parishioners to support the DAA with a generous gift, according to your means. I have put in the Holy Family Cenacle a poster which tracks our progress in the DAA. Thank you for your generous support! And please continue to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the diocese.
May God bless you!