Eat As Much As You Can!

...and the wedding hall was filled with guests

Matthew 22:10
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

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Divine Host,

Today’s Gospel Lesson is the familiar story of the king who prepared a big wedding banquet for his son, but when the time arrived to begin the feast, not one of the invited guests was present. The outraged king ordered his servants to go out into the streets and invite everyone they could find. This they did until “the wedding hall was filled with guests” (Mt. 22:10).

Like all the other Gospel parables, this story has meaning for us today only to the extent that we understand what it meant to Jesus’ original audience.

Many of today’s leading Scripture scholars tell us that there are nuances present in today’s parable which clearly suggest that the invited guests did not actually refuse the king’s invitation. The invitees merely found excuses for coming late. The feast was to begin in late afternoon and run until midnight or later. Consequently, the invited guests decided that rather than cancel or postpone their scheduled business, they would attend…

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