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Thursday, November 26, 1998

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Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9
Psalm 100
Luke 21:20-28

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the feast of feasts

"The angel then said to me: 'Write this down: Happy are they who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.' " —Revelation 19:9

In the USA, today is Thanksgiving Day. Many of us will be enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving feast with our families. We hope that this feast will prefigure the ultimate feast, "the wedding feast of the Lamb" in heaven.

To accept the Lord's invitation to His wedding feast, we must make a covenant of love with Him, completely give our lives to the Lord, and have a relationship with Him which transcends marriage.

This wedding feast is the feast of Jesus, called the Lamb. To come to the wedding feast, we need the weakness of the slain Lamb of God. We must have the weakness of the cross (see 2 Cor 13:4) by which God's power is brought to perfection (2 Cor 12:9).

Furthermore, all those at the heavenly wedding feast "have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Rv 7:14). At the everlasting, ultimate wedding feast, all present have a purified, crucified, covenant-love for the Lamb of God.

At Holy Communion, the priest proclaims: "Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. Happy are those who are called to His supper." Live a life of love and daily Communion. Accept the invitation to the heavenly wedding feast of the Lamb.

Prayer:  Father, thank You for inviting me to celebrate with You forever in heaven. I accept Your invitation.

Promise:  "When these things begin to happen, stand erect and hold your heads high, for your deliverance is near at hand." —Lk 21:28

Praise:  "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" (2 Cor 9:15)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998


Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998