You will be my witnesses

Acts 1:1-11

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,  until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

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“Mankind needs the wedding garment in order to come to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in time and eternity” (Inner Word).

The Church teaches us that we are invited to the Supper of the Lamb and calls us happy.

But to enter the Father’s house forever, we need the wedding garment. This condition applies to all mankind, for all people are invited and none are excluded. However, we cannot enter without the wedding garment. It has been woven for us by the infinite goodness of our Father and washed and made white by the Blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14). Now we are called to put it on. Then we can confidently enter the wedding hall, and the Bridegroom of humanity will assign us the place He has prepared for us.

It is the wedding garment of the Lamb that makes us worthy to enter. This dignity is not ours. Nor is it the dignity we received from God when we were created in His image and likeness. It is not sufficient for eternity because the transgressions of human beings have sullied it in many ways, and they have often strayed so far from God’s ways that they have almost completely spoiled its original dignity.

But the Son of God, sent by the Father, came into the world to redeem humanity. He had to raise human beings from the dust, wounded and bruised, and give them the new life that comes from God. Therefore, we can now awaken to our full dignity, turn completely to God and put on the wedding garment for mankind. We can now enter the New Jerusalem because our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Rev 21:27).