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Today's Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus tells parables to help us understand the great mysteries of God. In today’s parable, He foreshadows the evangelization of the Gentile world. The people invited by the end of the parable are those who have, before now, been outside of God’s Covenant. But now they are honored guests at the wedding feast.
But Jesus expects something from us when we make the decision to attend the wedding: we must be clothed properly. Not the clothes we wear to church on Sunday, but the interior clothing of our own souls. “But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence” (Mt 22:11-12).
Once we follow Christ, our work as Christians is not finished. We are all invited to the wedding feast, and not everyone welcomes the invitation. But those of us who do respond to the invitation and show up must remember that we should always be working on interior conversion of our hearts. We must work every day to conform ourselves to Christ and to conform our wills to God’s will. The Christian life isn’t a one-and-done, but a continual change of heart: a turning-to-God that must happen each day when we get out of bed in the morning. God doesn’t expect perfection, but He does expect us to give Him our best.
Continual conversion means that we never stop growing in faith and love of God. What can you do this day to better imitate Jesus?
Jesus, teach me how to be like You so that my soul will be dressed properly for Your wedding feast!
Copyright 2020 Christine Johnson
About the Author
Christine Johnson has been married to Nathan since 1993 and is the mother of two homeschool graduates. She and Nathan live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, where she tries to fit in as a transplanted Yank. She blogs at Domestic Vocation about her life as a wife, mother, and Lay Dominican.