Thursday, August 18, 2016


Matthew 22:1-14

Today in the gospel Jesus gives us a parable, "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.."

Guest were invited and refused to come.

This did not go well for the guest.  The human heart is very skilled at coming up with reasons to now follow God's will.  We all can come up with fifty ways to say no in order to guard our comfort and our lifestyle.  What is really at stake is finding that one reason to say "yes" and allow God's will to free us from ourselves.

In place of the original guest, others from the streets were invited to come and partake of the festivities, to rejoice with the king whose son was getting married.

They all came.  The banquet hall was packed.  The king was pleased.

But there was one who had arrived without a wedding garment.  "My friend, says the king, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?  But he guest was reduced to silence.  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. Many are invited few are chosen."

It is true that we are all invited to come as we are when the invitation is laid at our feet.  Yes!  True! Very true!  But, we are not invited to do as we wish.

Come as you are, absolutely, but not do as we want.

This was the probable with the guest without the wedding garment.  He thought he could came as he was and do what he wanted.  He was not humble enough to allow the king to show him how to be a guest in his house for the wedding.  He refused to listen and to be guided.

Sounds eerily familiar.  How many people this day what to be spiritual but they do to what God to give them direction.  They come as they are but they also want to do as they please rather they live in a manner that please Him, who invites.

Pax et Bonum

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