The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

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Reflection on the Gospel of the Thursday In The Twentieth Week In Ordinary Time

Matthew 22:1-14

God welcomes us into his kingdom.. many are called, but few are chosen.” But to reach this stage, let us reflect on the previous two stages, first to be prepared and second, do not grieve. Be prepared for the call and if you do not accept the call you rightly owed and was offered, than do not grieve if it is offered to others and they prosper.

In today’s parable we see when the call went to others, they hardly had to prepare themselves, hence we can say they were prepared for such a surprise call and for the great banquet they were ready for the invite and more importantly they were accepted at the occasion, except for the few who was not ready were not acceptable and hence had to bear the consequences. Now these invited and accepted ones were from the streets, not the chosen ones, but they were ready for the marriage feast with their garment of deeds, almsgiving , prayer, fasting, works of mercy. Who are we? Are we like those who turned theirs back on Gods call or the street invitees who with their weaknesses and shortcoming were open to God’s message, and were welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Holy Spirit help me to discern my call. Give me strength to be part of the Eucharistic celebration, to be joyful in your kingdom.

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