Lent with Bossuet - Meditations on the Gospel (29)

April 10, 2020
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“The Virgin, St. John the Evangelist, and the Holy Women at the Foot of the Cross” (c. 1490) – Angelo Zoppo.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast 

“Likewise as it came to pass, in the days of Lot: they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and built. And in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man shall be revealed” (Lk.17:28-30).

They did not say: they killed, they pillaged, and they committed adulteries. Preoccupation with the simplest business suffices to deafen us, to blind us, to enchant us. It is no longer the excuse of important business, important work, important jobs: the most ordinary tasks suffice to over-whelm us and to take away from us all the leisure of thinking about ourselves.

Death always comes unexpectedly; and while in the manner of these silly creatures we take delight in what is presented to us for our amusement, the bowstring suddenly snaps, we are trapped, and there is no longer any means of escaping.

Oh poor human nature! Is such a feeble bait all that is necessary to trap you? Is such a weak charm able to put you to sleep? Such a feeble occupation to blind you, and to take from you the remembrance of God and of His terrible judgements? “None of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper” (Lk.14:24). This is the sentence of the judge.

Such small things have turned them away and deceived them! Where shall we find tears to deplore our blindness and our weakness?

This is the parable that Jesus Christ preached and that He found apropos to repeat a few days before His death.