Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thoughts on the parable of the Wedding Feast

Dear Pauline Friends and Family,

Shall we share our reflections on last Sunday's Gospel according to Matthew 22:1-14, regarding the parable of the Wedding Feast? The "wedding garment" stands out for me. The wedding feast is likened to the final salvation. All are invited, but few are chosen. God invites us all to salvation. We need to observe the commandments as Jesus Christ taught us in Matthew 22:37 & 39. Jesus Christ said to an inquiring scholar that the greatest commandment is: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." The second greatest commandment is: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

The "wedding garment" could be likened to how well a person lived by the two greatest commandments revealed by Jesus. Let us trust in Jesus Christ, Lord of Divine Mercy, through act of faith, obedience and gratitude in the revelation of Jesus Christ in order to merit our entrance to the Wedding Feast of final salvation.

From what I gather in the book "Many Things in Parables: Reflections for Life," written by Fr. Joseph Fichtner, OSC, the "royal garment" (or wedding garment) is designed with truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace.

Let us find ways to help each other to wear the wedding garment to the awaited wedding feast or final salvation.

Could you share your thoughts on the Gospel, please?

Many thanks in advance.

May God bless you always.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels

1 comment:

jeffmathews said...

Margie,
Thank you for your comments - they are awesome! What stands out for me most is the king's reaction to the man not wearing wedding clothes, "Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." I remember the first time I heard it, hoping the king would give the man a chance to go get cleaned up since he at least wanted to be at the wedding banquet. It tells me that just wishing for heaven is not enough. Our time on earth is a time to choose God, to choose to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And if we did not care about God or neighbor at all during our time on earth, maybe we have already chosen not to be a guest at the banquet.
I love the idea of Purgatory, because at least for people who are trying to make a wedding garment for their eternal life, God can help us with the final fitting and cleaning of that garment. But now is the time for us to choose God and to live our lives accordingly, and like St. Paul, let our neighbors know of the awesome banquet that awaits those who live in Christ.
Sincerely yours in Jesus, the Divine Master,
Jeff Mathews
St. Louis, MO