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Eat As Much As You Can!

...and the wedding hall was filled with guests
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

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Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:10

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Today's Gospel Lesson is the familiar story of the king who prepared a big wedding banquet for his son, but when the time arrived to begin the feast, not one of the invited guests was present. The outraged king ordered his servants to go out into the streets and invite everyone they could find. This they did until "the wedding hall was filled with guests" (Mt. 22:10).

Like all the other Gospel parables, this story has meaning for us today only to the extent that we understand what it meant to Jesus' original audience.

Many of today's leading Scripture scholars tell us that there are nuances present in today's parable which clearly suggest that the invited guests did not actually refuse the king's invitation. The invitees merely found excuses for coming late. The feast was to begin in late afternoon and run until midnight or later. Consequently, the invited guests decided that rather than cancel or postpone their scheduled business, they would attend to it in the daylight hours and then join the celebration sometime after dark. In their view, the party could await their presence for a few hours; but in the king's view this was one party that could not wait.

The "Kingdom of God," Jesus says, "is like that." Our presence is requested urgently! The Kingdom of God is now! Jesus seeks to inspire an attitude of immediacy in our response to His invitation to enter into the Kingdom. Like the invited guests in the parable, we tend to put the invitation to one side, and assign a higher priority to other urgent business.

The story is told about a hunting dog that was terribly proud of his ability as a runner. One day, a rabbit he was chasing got away. It evoked a great deal of ridicule from the other dogs in the kennel because of all the boasting he had done. Still, he had a ready explanation for his defeat. He said, "You must remember that the rabbit was running for his life, while I was only running for my dinner."

Jesus is asking us [...]

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