Many are invited, few are chosen

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Gospel Passage (Matt 22:1-10) presents us with another parable. In the parable a King invites people to the wedding feast of his son. When the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king, rather harshly, asks his attendants to “bind the man’s hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” Jesus goes on to say: “Many are invited, but few are chosen”.

The man represents the sinner who wants to be at the wedding feast, but would not repent. He wants to be there but he does not want to change his appearance. Heaven in biblical speak, is akin to a wedding feast: a life of abundance, and joy in the presence of God. The call to eternal life with God requires a right response – to be dressed in the “right garment”. Life on earth is short. Think about the wedding feast of heaven that is eternal – and have a change of heart…..

God bless Fr Michael


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