Desiderio Desideravi 5: Everyone Is Invited

Early Church canticles give the inspiration here. The early disciples looked forward to a fulfillment of the promises of Jesus and their expectation of the reign of God. Perhaps the end of a period of suffering and upheaval.

5. The world still does not know it, but everyone is invited to the supper of the wedding of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9). To be admitted to the feast all that is required is the wedding garment of faith which comes from the hearing of his Word (cf. Romans 10:17). The Church tailors such a garment to fit each one with the whiteness of a garment bathed in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14).

The Father’s intention to invite us to the Supper from the time of the birth of the universe suggests this garment will be a perfect fit.

I used the following for a reflection at a liturgy meeting recently. 

We must not allow ourselves even a moment of rest, knowing that still not everyone has received an invitation to this Supper or knowing that others have forgotten it or have got lost along the way in the twists and turns of human living.

Where do we find the energy when we are tired and being urged on without “a moment of rest”? Who is yet to receive that invitation, and who are the ones in our lives who have forgotten it, or find themselves lost?

This is what I spoke of when I said, “I dream of a ‘missionary option’, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.” (Evangelii Gaudium 27). I want this so that all can be seated at the Supper of the sacrifice of the Lamb and live from Him.

For those who care deeply about the Church, or about the liturgy, setting aside our desire for maintenance (a.k.a. self preservation) is very difficult. Especially when we are tired. Or lost ourselves,

The full document, copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana is here on the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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