Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Matthew 22: 4 – 7
It is a rather sad reality that fights sometimes break out at weddings. You would think that would be the last day people would be fighting, it is supposed to be a day celebrating love and connection. Yet some people, usually after a few drinks, use the occasion as a chance to reopen old wounds and settle scores, leading to the absurd sight of people in their Sunday best brawling on the dance floor. It’s a sad sight, how could they have so badly missed the point?
Jesus came with a message of love and forgiveness. He wanted to heal the sick, bring dignity to the poor, and acceptance for outsiders. He was throwing a banquet, and everyone was invited. But when faced with this positive message many responded with fear, hostility and eventually violence. The story of Jesus’s life is often a sad one. But we know it has a happy ending. Because God is persistent in love and does not give up on us. No matter how far we drift there will always be a place at the banquet for us.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you that you have freely offered your grace to us. I confess that sometimes I take it for granted. I pray that I don’t ever forget your love for me and live each day in the knowledge that there is a place for me at the banquet.
Action: Don’t scorn the gift God has given you, enjoy your day today! “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” – Psalm 118:24