Matthew 22:1-14 A Wedding Made In Heaven
Today’s parable of the Marriage Feast is an allegory of salvation history that reaches its climax in Jesus Christ. The king is God, who prepares a heavenly celebration for his son. The servants are the prophets of old, sent to invite the Chosen People, the people of Israel, but they refuse. In fact, some are beaten and killed. God was so enraged that he will destroy the city of Jerusalem and send other servants, the Apostles, to invite all people (the Gentiles), good and bad alike. Those that are not properly dressed – that is, those who have not done good deeds, will be cast out and thrown away.
Here is a question that is very much worth asking: What must I do to be saved? Maybe some of us would have a hard time answering this, even after many years of CCD instruction, bible studies and/or weekly Mass. Thank God the question was asked over two thousand years ago: “Master, what must I do to have eternal life?” (Mt 19:18) The answer is faith and good works. Believe in the one whom the Father sent and live what you believe. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe?” (Jn 11:26) Yes, Lord, I have come to believe!
We have all been invited to the feast! The Lord stretched out his arms to embrace his people, and walked for miles to gather his sheep. He spent his time in prayer, fasting, healing the sick and helping the poor. He endured so much, but he set an enduring example that would endure forever! This feast, this banquet - the very Last Supper- will never come to an end because it has been prepared through Him, with Him and in Him. The food and drink will never run out because it is his body and blood, poured out for many so that many may live. “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed!”
“A clean heart create in me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me…Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me…My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.” (Ps. 51:12-19)
The Apostles (the King’s servants) headed the Son’s final commandment: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, till the end of the age.” (Mt 28:19)
These words are dear to me. Sixteen years ago, as I was making my final farewell to my family, friends, and work associates, I needed a miracle, a confirmation that the Lord was truly calling me. I knew it in my heart and mind, but the flesh is weak and I couldn’t walk a step further. I remembered how a saint closed his eyes and opened the bible in hope of finding an answer to his calling. I did the same and my eyes and finger fell upon Matthew 28:19.
Little did I realize that this is where our eyes, ears, tongue, hand, heart, mind and will should always fall upon: The Word of God.
Today, share your faith, hope and love in the Lord with someone who has forgotten (or never knew) The Way back home. Invite them to come to the feast where there is plenty of food and drink.