"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

God's Invitation

       In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 22.1-14, Jesus told the parable of the wedding feast to teach what the Kingdom of heaven is like. 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. A second time he sent other servants to invited them to the banquet that had been sumptuously prepared. Some ignored the invitation and went away. The rest laid hold of the servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then the king sent his servants into the streets to invite to the feast whomever they could find, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man not dressed in a wedding garment. He ordered his attendants to bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside.
        This is a poignant story which revealed the following to me:       
       (1) Jesus said at the end of telling the parable, "Many are called, but few are chosen." This has been true to this very day.
        (2) God's invitation is to everyone.
        (3) We must take his invitation seriously or suffer serious consequences.

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