by Mary Toline, Notre Dame Associate
Matthew 22: 1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.” A second time he sent other servants. Saying, “Tell those invited: Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.” Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them and killed them.
Whenever I’m invited to a wedding or something special, I consider it an honor that I received an invitation. I’m sure like the king there has been so much planning and preparation to get everything ready for this big event. It usually is a wonderful time and so happy I attended.
Now look at being invited to the big party in heaven. Everything has been planned out for this big event, all we need to do is say yes and go. But most think they are too busy, and have better things to do now.
It has always been that we put God first in our lives, but how much of that is true now days? When we watch the news lately, we have forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and more hurricanes. Is God trying to wake us up and tell our world that we are not putting him first? We all need wake up calls from time to time. Are we ready to go to God’s banquet?