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Finally, Fulfilled Forever!

The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son
Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalms 23:1-6; Philippians 4:12-14,19-20; Matthew 22:1-14

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:2

There is an old saying that goes something like this:
To look is one thing.
To see what you look at is another.
To understand what you see is still something else.
But to act on what you learn is what really matters.

In terms of what God is doing in our Church – and in our homes and our cities and our world – we need to be continually reexamining our role as Churchgoers. Week-in and week-out, we need to look and to see and to understand, and then to act on what we learn. We always need to ask ourselves, are we spectators or participants? Are we detached, or are we involved? Are we giving mere lip service to the Good News of New Life in Christ, or are we experiencing it? Are we watchers, or are we doers?

God's formula for happiness should not languish somewhere between your knowing it and doing it. If your neighbor needs material support, don't let your money languish in your wallet. If a sinner is asking forgiveness, don't let your compassion languish in your heart. If a stranger longs for a friend, don't let your companionship languish in your busy calendar.

Our world is full of misery and fear and ignorance. Our Christian duty is to make the little corner of our influence less miserable, less fearful, and less ignorant. Our responsibility to live for our fulfillment and our commitment to live for the fulfillment of others are inseparable. God wills the good life for all. Our happiness is doing God's Will.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is speaking to the chief priests and Pharisees in parable form. He tells them the story of the guests at a marriage feast who act almost as though they would rather be doing anything else than attend:

"The Kingdom of Heaven," Jesus begins, "may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son." He sent his servants out to bring the guests to the feast, but "they made light" of the invitation, "and went off one to his farm, another [...]

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