Sundays Message


The wedding feast for the son reminds us of the Eucharist we celebrate every Sunday and of the eternal banquet, the eternal Eucharist we will enjoy in Heaven.

The people who were invited “did not want to come”. Further down it is said that “they were not interested” (literally, the viewed the wedding feast as without significance, without perceived value).

We may disapprove of the invitees who manhandled the servants. 

However, our culture would approve of those who went about their business, who were not interested. “It is their choice, let them do what they want. Why should the king be offended at people who make their own choices?”

A look at the way weddings were conducted in Jesus’ time tells us that celebrations lasted four or five days. No wonder people who have business priorities are reluctant to take part. And this was no ordinary wedding, it was the king’s son. It might have lasted longer. Their choice showed their priorities: their business was more important to them, more significant, of higher perceived value.

The invitees proved not to be “worthy” (literally, they did not match the weight of the offer they were given. It is the same word used by Jesus when he said that those who love father and mother more than him are not worthy of him - they do not match the weight of his offer). 

How could they match the weight? What did they have to do to be worthy? 

Merely attending in a wedding garment. They had to prove they valued the offer by changing their priorities. they had to make time, to set other important things aside so as to give priority to the wedding feast.

The people called at the crossroads would not have had any time to prepare gifts or become worthy in any other way. They were both “evil and good people”. No distinction is made at the moment of calling. They got dressed, and showed up. They responded. They accepted the invitation and did what was needed at the moment: attended in a wedding garment. No deserving is needed. It is a parable about grace.

The distinction is made later: the wedding garment is needed. I might have been evil, but I can be made good. “Woman, where are they? Has anyone condemned you?” “No one, sir.” “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

Go and sin no more. I am given the wedding garment of forgiveness and redemption. I need to keep wearing it, to keep it on.

We are invited to the feast. Do we literally make time? Do we make time for God in our daily life? Do we make time regularly on a weekend for the Mass? Do we make time to deepen our relationship with Jesus?

We need to give priority to our relationship with Jesus.

Revise our daily and weekly schedules to make our priorities ever clearer.