This Sunday we have a wedding feast. Much work goes into a wedding feast, as many of you will have experienced. You want all those whom you have invited to come to the marriage ceremony and to the feast afterwards.
This Sunday we have a wedding feast. It is a parable that Jesus addresses to the chief priests and the elders of the people. “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding.’”
“The Pharisees would have understood that the vineyard represented Israel, the landowner represented God, the servants represented the prophets, and the bad tenants represented the religious leaders.”
However, the Chief Priests and the elders of the people let pride blind them. They thought they had everything tied up, so to speak. They needed to hear and understand this parable. Do you and I have to hear this important message too?
For, “the same obstacles which prevented the Pharisees from entering the kingdom—love of this world, its wealth, and its pleasures—can impede us too, unless we are on our guard. The world with its allurements is very close to us; heaven seems very far away.”
Yes, sometimes our lives can reflect those of the Pharisees – we hesitate to go into the Banqueting Hall, the Banqueting Hall of Heaven. We hesitate because we know that the cross will be involved on our spiritual journey. We refuse to attend the wedding feast, we find all kinds of excuses, just as the invited guests did in this parable.
But let us remember that “in fact, we are already in the banquet hall, since our baptism; but are we wearing the wedding garment of virtue and grace?”
Yes, God Our Father invites each one of us. “The wedding feast is the king’s in the sense that he is the one who gave it. However, the wedding feast is given in honour of the king’s son. This son symbolizes Jesus, of course.”
“When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment and he said to him, ‘How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?’ And the man was silent. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
“You and I are the bride at this wedding feast. We are not only invited guests, but we are invited to espouse ourselves to the King’s Son! Although we are familiar with the idea that the Church is the Bride of Christ, we may not be used to reflecting on ourselves as being espoused to Jesus Christ. But consider that truth in the light of today’s parable. Jesus died for His bride. His invitation to us is to accept His death—the price of our forgiveness—as the means of union with Him. It’s through this union that He invites us into the eternal wedding feast of Heaven.”
So, let us correspond with the grace that is freely available to us and go to the wedding feast for all eternity!
Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP
 Mt. 22:11-14