Sunday, October 12, 2014
Reflection: Matthew: 22:1-14
Matthew: 22:1-14 — 28th Sunday Cycle C
Today’s Gospel is the story of the king who held a wedding feast for his son and new daughter-in-law. As is our custom today, the king invited guests to come and celebrate this special occasion with the bride and groom and their families. In Jewish life a wedding banquet could last for up to a week. Naturally the king expected that everyone would accept his invitation. His invitation was not well received. Some of the guests who were invited simply ignored the invitation. Other invited guests actually attacked and killed the king’s servants!
When the remaining servants went back to their master and told him what had happened, the king immediately ordered his troops to return to that city, kill the murderers and level the city! The troops immediately went and obeyed his order!
The king, however, was determined to have the great wedding feast for his son. He sent his troops out into the “highways and byways” to gather everyone they could find and bring them to this celebration. The servants did as they were told. Gradually the wedding hall was filled and the bride and groom had a wonderful wedding feast.
Today Jesus invites us to come to the feast! How will we respond?