“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Matthew 22: 8 – 10
After many, many months of not being able to meet with others and certainly not being able to enjoy a party, I’m sure that most of us would be totally up for receiving an invitation to a wedding feast! I’m guessing that, when restrictions finally ease, many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate all those occasions we’ve missed (an exchange of 2020 Christmas gifts face to face with our son is high up on our agenda!).
Today we come to a part of the Parable of the Wedding Banquet which has a definite air of celebration about it. Having been rejected by those for whom the invitation was originally destined, the banquet invitation is now wide open. And what an invitation! Symbolising the Kingdom of God being extended from Jews to Gentiles, this wedding feast is thrown open to all of us. We don’t have to deserve it or earn it. It doesn’t matter who we are, what we have done wrong in the past – or how far we feel that we fall short in the present, there is a seat with our name on it. Such is the depth of God’s love for us!
And after this difficult time, how wonderful to be able to picture the Kingdom of God as a banquet, with food and wine and a hall full of people! Who knows, perhaps there will even be a ceilidh!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for your promise that, no matter who we are or what we’ve done, we have a permanent invitation to be part of your kingdom. Help us to understand the significance of what this means for each one of us. Amen.
Action: Think of someone that you can invite to online church or someone who might like to visit the Prayer Garden. Pray for them and find an opportunity to make the invitation.