Accept the gift of Jesus and God.

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday 23 August Mt 22,1-14 is read.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 22,1-14 says:

22:1 Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,
22:2 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,
22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.
22:4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!”’
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22:7 When the king heard that, he was angry, and sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
22:8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren’t worthy.
22:9 Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.’
22:10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.
22:11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn’t have on wedding clothing,
22:12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?’ He was speechless.
22:13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.’
22:14 For many are called, but few chosen.”

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The message

22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.

What is the” marriage feast”? For me it is like going to mass. Attending mass is like going to a marriage with Jesus Kerygma. it makes me feel happy and well.

22:4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!”’

The servants are for me  the prophets that came before Jesus as well as John the Baptist,servants who few listened to.

22:10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.

As pope Francis said in his Angelus (see below) all were invited.

22:11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn’t have on wedding clothing,

Pope Francis interpret this as a gift given to all when they entered the marriage feast. this man did not accept that gift so he was” thrown out  into the outer darkness”

Maybe that gift is the kerygma of Jesus.

Listen or read the transcript of the interpretation of  the pope Francis

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conclusion

It is not enough to come the marriage. You must also accept the gift of Jesus, that is for me,his teaching.


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