Recently, I read about the alleged scandal at the University of Miami, FL, involving 72 athletes over eight years. The accusations were made by a convicted Ponzi con-man and Miami booster. In his tell-all to Yahoo Sports, he revealed how he treated the athletes to strip club parties, paying for prostitutes and catering to their every need. In one case, he said he even paid for an abortion for a woman one of the athletes had impregnated! You could say that Sodom and Gomorrah still exist today.
The Gospel reading this morning was taken from Matthew 22, in which Jesus told the parable of the wedding banquet. It illustrates the situation of today perfectly. A king gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. He did it a second time and some still ignored the invitation and the rest laid hold of his servants, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops to destroy the murderers. Then he asked the servants to gather all they could find in the streets, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment, he had his attendants cast the man into the darkness outside. At the end, the Lord said, "Many are invited, but few are chosen." This should serve as a warning to us. God's invitation is to be taken seriously ~ it's an invitation to live the eternal life with him. The choice is ours.