Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus continued speaking to them in parables: “This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven: A king gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to call the invited guests to the banquet, but the guests refused to come.
Again, he sent other servants, instructing them to say to the invited guests, ‘I have prepared a banquet, slaughtered my fattened calves and other animals, and now, everything is ready. Come to the wedding!’ But they paid no attention and went away, some to their farms, and some to their work. Others seized the servants of the king, insulted them and killed them.
The king was furious. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is prepared, but the invited guests were not worthy. Go instead to the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast.’
The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, good and bad alike, so that the hall was filled with guests.
The king came in to see the wedding guests, and he noticed a man not wearing a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in without the wedding clothes?’ But the man remained silent. So the king said to his servants, ‘Bind
his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
“Without the wedding clothes.”
The heavenly banquet is open to everyone. However, this comes with a price; one needs a ticket to get in. And the ticket comes in the form of repentance and good works. Although many have heard Jesus’ message of love but only few received it well, underwent the muchneeded conversion, and did good works that come with it. Conversion and a life of good works are the ticket, the two sides of a coin, so to speak, needed to be part of the reign of God. They are the wedding garments we need to wear to qualify.
The Canadian Jesuit theo logian Bernard Lonergan des cribed conversion as an “about face”, a turning away from things that are not helping, things that lead us away from the good, the real, and the genuinely valuable. To him, conversion involves: (1) actions/decisions based on genuine values and not on mere satisfaction(s); (2) loving God in return for his pure, unconditio nal love that floods our heart.
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