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28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading Isaiah 25:6-10

Second Reading Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20

Gospel Reading Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus' parable of the wedding feast (today's Gospel) is another portrayal of Israel's rejection of God's promise. The invitation is therefore extended to everyone - Gentiles, foreigners and those who do not know God - to come to the Lord's table. (Matthew's readers would see the "destruction of those murderers" and the "burning of their city" as references to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D.)

Jesus tells a second parable within the parable of the wedding feast. The wedding garment is the conversion of heart and mind required for entry into the kingdom. The Christian who does not wear this mantle of repentance and good deeds will suffer the same fate as those who reject outright the invitation to the wedding. As the apostle Paul writes (Romans 13: 14), we must "put on" the garment of Christ.

The image of the universal banquet has a long history in the mythological and folkloric traditions of the world. Eight centuries before Christ, Isaiah pictures for his Jewish hearers (today's first reading) the richness of the Messianic banquet on the heavenly mountain of God, when Yahweh will remove the sorrow and humiliation of Israel.

Imprisoned in Ephesus, Paul offers words of thanks to the Philippians for their gift of money sent through Epaphroditus. In today's second reading, Paul assures his good friends and benefactors that he is able to cope with whatever hardship because of the strength he receives from God.

THEMES

ACCEPTING GOD'S INVITATION TO HIS SON'S WEDDING BANQUET.

We can be so busy making a living that we fail to make a life; we can become so obsessed with organizing life that we overlook the essence of life itself. God has invited each of us to his Son's wedding feast - the fullness of God's life in the Resurrection. The only obstacle is our inability to hear his invitation amid the noisy activity that consumes our time and attention.

THE ONE WEDDING FEAST

All of us deeply admire the Mother Theresas, the Father Damians, the Albert Schweitzers, and the St. Francises of the world. Yet the same God who called each of them to their work calls us to do the same. The parables of the king's wedding feast and wedding garment confront us with the reality that we cannon be Christian without conversion; we cannot come to the feast of heaven while remaining indifferent to the empty plates before so many of the world's children; we cannot love the God we cannot see if we cannot love those we can see. The question posed by today's readings is how we respond to the invitation with excuses? with rationalizations? with refusals? Every one of us - saint and sinner, faithful communicant and lost soul - are invited by God to be his guests at the banquet of heaven.

PUTTING ON THE WEDDING GARMENT.

In accepting an invitation to a wedding, we must dress accordingly. The wedding garment of today's Gospel is the garment of good works we make for ourselves for the Lord's banquet: the garment sews of repentance, joyful expectation and humble service to others.