8/18/2022 (Thursday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14
1 Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying,
2 “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
3 He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.
4 A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘
5 Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.
6 The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.
7 The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
8 Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
9 Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
10 The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.
11 But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
12 He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence.
13 Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
14 Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
8/18/2022 (Thursday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 22:1-14
God has given us freedom and He respects that freedom. We are free to say yes or no to Him. In the gospel passage above, we read Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet. Many were invited and these are the kinds of responses they gave to the invitation. See where you belong.
1. Those who refused to go to the wedding without giving any reason;
2. Those who ignore the invitation because they are too busy with work or business or whatever preoccupy them;
3. Those who mistreat the messengers or the servants of the King;
4. Those who accept the invitation but without the proper garment fit for the wedding (We can say they are te bad guests);
5. Those who go to the wedding well-prepared.
So we are being invited to God’s banquet, a sort of royal wedding of the King of kings and Lord of lords. How do we respond to the invitation?