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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster

THE parable of the wedding garment has a cruel sound. How could the poor man, dragged in from the highway or the hedge to fill a place at the king’s table, provide himself a wedding garment? The cruelty disappears if we turn from the parable to the thing signified in it. We are the men whom God’s mercy has brought to his table, and the garment of glory is bestowed on us by his royal hand:  ‘Put ye on' says the scripture ‘the Lord Jesus Christ’. We come here to keep our holy feast as members of Christ’s body; in making us his members Christ spreads the garment of his own sanctity upon us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to receive us as though we were Christ himself.