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The apostle Paul explains in his letter to the Romans: "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31. This teaching is an affirmation of the divine Providence. Thomas Aquinas explain to us that the Providence is the divine prudence that everything disposes:"Oh Father, you rule everything with Providence" Wisdom 14:3.
There are similar statements in the bible about Providence:"God works for the good of those who love him" Romans 8:28, also: "God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom", Wisdom 7:28
Everything that comes from God is ordered explains Thomas Aquinas. But ordered to what? Ordered to his wisdom and beatitude: "His works are perfect", Deuteronomy 32,4; "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect", Matthew 5:48
God works in our lives with wisdom, go cannot go against his own logic, that is, his beatitude. The bliss of man is in the hands of the divine Providence, but also of his own choices, that is, of his ability to choose between right and wrong, man has free will: "God made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his own counsel", Ecclesiasticus 15:14
The affirmation of the apostle Paul is only true for those who choose to live according to the spirit, that is, for the justified, and these are the people who choose to live the faith in a full sense, adult. To live according to the spirit means to be progressive, to tend to improvement, to increase and this is to make "way"; it is also to be precise and accurate or in other words to practice the truth, ultimately to increase life. This is why Jesus tells us: "I am the way, the truth and the life", John 14:6
The gifts are way, truth and life, to put it another way, to live the gifts is to live ethically. Is important to note that there are no blessings for those who choose to "live according to the flesh."
The disordered (sinful) behaviors have no blessing. The error, knowingly, is not compatible with the blessed life. God helps those who help themselves, said Benjamin Franklin. As Jesus explains in the Beatitudes: two paths (the flesh and the spirit), two masters (god or money), two retributions (eternal life or ruin).
In short God, is on our side if we are justified.

Simony is fundamentally the commerce of sacred things, there is an antecedent to Simon Magus, in the expulsion of the sellers from the temple in the gospels: "Jesus entered the Temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written, he said to them, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers"" Matthew 21:12-17
. Even though the expulsion of the sellers from the temple is not simony, it does have a similarity. Simony is one of the first heresies that the church faces in its origins, along with the Talion Law (a principle of distributive justice) in Matthew 5: 38-42, which was frequently applied. Many concepts of Greek philosophy, fundamentally those related to the search for happiness (the link between human beings is reduced to the practice of justice), can be considered heresy. Heresies that take us away from the path of mercy, the path of piety.
Sin is all omission of the good: "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them." James 4:17. When sin is transformed into teaching it is there that it becomes heresy, heresy is the teaching of error, simony has a double meaning, it is both sin and heresy.
Simon tries to buy spiritual gifts with money: "Now for some time a man named Simon had practised sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is rightly called the Great Power of God". They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Phillip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Phillip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the Apostles' hand, he offered them money and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God" Acts 8:9-20

Jesus synthesizes the parable of the wedding banquet in Mark 22: 1-14 and Luke 14: 16-24, with the teaching: "Many are called but a few are chosen." The Kingdom of God is a choice, we are all called to the joy of the Kingdom, but a few enter. The Kingdom of God is the dominion, empire, government of the perfections of God: the empire of wisdom, the domain of eternal life; in other words, the government of the spiritual gifts, of the ethical virtues of man. The Kingdom of God is an ethical doctrine, we are all called to live ethically, that is, to live the spiritual gifts and to participate in this joy, of this wedding.
The parable taught by Jesus refers to how men choose, the parable tells us that a king celebrates his son's wedding and sends his servants to let the guests know, but they refuse to go. The king is God and the son is his wisdom, remember that in the doctrine of the kingdom of God Jesus personifies the word of God: "I am the bread of life" John 6:35. Who are the ones who refuse to go to the king's party?
Those who go against common sense, those who practice the error. This is a clear reference to the natural man, to the man who lives according to the designs of the flesh.
Then the king orders to destroy the city and sends calls to the crossings of the roads to all who find: the wedding room is filled with guests. Then a badly dressed person arrives at the party, which is rejected by the king.
This character in the parable is the person who accepts the word of God, that is, the knowledge of the correct means to live, but lacks of constancy in the practice, this is an allusion to the rational man, the almatic man, the lukewarm person, that is debated between good and evil: "He asked, "How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend? The man was speechless.
Then the king told the attendants, "Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."" Matthew 22:12-13
The elect are those who accept to go to the party and are well dressed, they are the people prepared for the kingdom of God, the spiritual men, those who accept the word, retain it and practice it with constancy.
The parable of the wedding banquet is an extension, a continuation of the parables of the sower and the parable of the Good Samaritan, these parables refer fundamentally to human typologies (natural, rational and spiritual man) and to the ways of choosing (we live according to the flesh or we live according to the spirit).

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