Attending a wedding feast demands preparation; from the clothes you wear, to the gifts you’ll bring to give the newly-weds, and to the time needed to reach the destination before the Mass starts. It is an event that is both well-thought of and brings excitement to the guests. You cannot go there shabbily-dressed and looking out of place.
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt. 22:1-14), we hear the proclamation of the Wedding Feast in Heaven, when Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables saying,
“…the kingdom of Heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.”
Listening to the Lord at that time may have made His listeners wonder why the invited guests ignored the invitation. Butthe king
“…sent his servants a second time but some of them still ignored the invitation, while the rest even went to the extent of killing his servants. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed the murderers and burned their city. Then he extended the invitations to the feast to whomever they find on the streets, bad and good alike and the hall was filled with guests. When the king came to meet the guests, he saw a man there not properly dressed in a wedding garment.”
This Gospel tells us three things: 1) there are those who reject the invitation, 2) there are those who rejected with hostility, and 3) being invited to the feast comes with certain obligations.The first two are challenges that we may have encountered in our missions and ministries. Some people who are invited instead of welcoming the invitation of God, react indifferently and reject the invitation. Others even react with hostility. What a waste! God’s invitation is a precious one, considering that we are invited to participate in the fullness of life. However, many turn it down maybe because it requires total submission to God and thus requires humility, conversion and selflessness. When we have these attitudes, these enable us to regularly go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, thus “dressing up well” for the Feast.
Today, let us reflect on our own conversion and mission. Do you accept God’s will fully into your life? In bringing God’s message to others, do you do it with zeal and enthusiasm?
May the Lord continue to grant us the courage, strength and wisdom to persevere in our mission and faith especially during these trying times.
“May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.” (Eph. 1:17-18)