Hello to everyone ! Good day, The Lord’s day !
May The Good Lord bless us all today !
Our theme for this Sunday reading is: The Banquet is Ready.
Here is our first reading:
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain;
but Moab will be trampled in their land
as straw is trampled down in the manure.
(Isaiah 25:6-10)
The Lord liken the reward of the end-time to a banquet with a kind of happiness and joy above the range of our human experience:
1. The best of meats and the finest of wines.
2. Will destroy death forever.
3. The Lord will wipe away the tears from our faces.
4. He will remove all our disgrace.
5. He gives me new strength. (Our Psalm reading for today, Psalm 23:3 Good News Bible)
And here is our Gospel reading:
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
“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.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 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.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:1-14)
Here the Parable liken God’s relationship to us to a wedding feast, where The Lord Christ is the husband and the people his bride:
1. The Jews were invited but they refused.
2. We the Gentiles are also invited. How we prepare to attend the wedding feast reflects our respect to the one who invites us. How we dress up when we are invited is a measure of how we regard and value the celebrant.
3. Many are invited but few are chosen.
4. It does not mean that even if the Jews refused the invitation, we can get the reward without deserving it.
The banquet is ready, let us make ourselves deserving of the invitation but most of all to be chosen.

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