Once again Jesus tries to explain what the Kingdom of Heaven is like with parables. In today's gospel Sunday (Mt 22, 1-14) Jesus presents us with the parable of the Wedding Banquet.
It is clear that the King has prepared a great wedding party and has invited those he wanted, but curiously, when the moment arrives to confirm that they must participate in the party, one by one of the guests decide not to go, as they consider anything else is more important in their lives than celebrating the joy of their King.
In the parable the king ends up with those who were his first guests, because they did not show themselves to be grateful and even less to be friends of the king. From here something changes the planned destination, there is a new reality. The truth is that the party is ready, everything is prepared, and the party will be celebrated no matter what, but the new guests will be those who were not there at the beginning, now they will be the last to be invited.
God has invited us all to be part of his wedding banquet, not because we have something to offer God, but because He generously offers it to us, only asking us to dress appropriately for the party. We must be new men and women in Christ to enter to enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven that has been prepared for us by Himself. Let us be grateful and not be distracted on the path of life, placing things other than God and his will as a priority in our lives. Let us remember that “many are invited, but few are chosen.” Amen.
Fr. Carlos Flores, OSA