ACCEPTING GOD’S INVITATION
“And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come…” (Mt 22: 1-3)
Why does our Lord compare His “kingdom” to a “marriage feast,” to which we are all invited, whether we really want to go or not? Because marriage is a sacrament of unity, just like the Church is a sacrament of unity. It’s all about choosing to enter into unity with “(An)other” and “others,” and to “suit up and show up” (in appropriate dress, cf. Mt 22: 11-13) for that oneness with God and others, rather than choosing to remain alone, in self-imposed or self-styled isolation. The latter can be much more attractive and “comfortable,” as we all know, particularly in our time of “Too Much Information” about the problems/sins of “others” in our church-community.
But let me “suit up and show up” for God and others, nonetheless, on this rainy Sunday. Because, after all, do I really have anything “better” to do? God has a whole banquet, a whole “feast,” ready for me, of which I can be part, in the Oneness He envisioned for all of us, in Him, from our very creation. I can sit at the “table” of the marriage feast “for His Son,” at the Holy Eucharist (at Divine Liturgy or Mass), rather than be a couch-potato at my own coffee-table, watching Netflix, or sleeping in, or being angry at the (changeable, ephemeral) personalities in my church, or doing some other thing that has no meaning in the long run. Let me get up and be “part of” what matters today, because I matter to God, Who continues to go to the trouble of inviting me, warts and all, to His parties, asking me only to show up in decent dress. “Receive me today, O Son of God, as a partaker of Your Mystical Supper.” Amen!