NEWSLETTER INSERT - ON BEING INVITED TO THE LORD'S BANQUET BUT ALSO THE NEED TO CONVERT



In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus tells the parable about being invited to the banquet which symbolised God's kingdom. Since those who were invited first did not accept the Master's invitation, the Master the open the party to everyone. However, coming to the party meant the conversion of those who would enter God's kingdom. Entering his kingdom changes us. This is why at the end of the Gospel, the man without a wedding garment is ejected. The wedding garment symbolises the new identity of the Christian. It is said that this parable reflects some on the tensions within the early Church community where some had joined their number but had not left behind previous pagan or Jewish practices. As The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:


'Jesus' invitation to enter his kingdom comes in the form of parables, a characteristic feature of his teaching. Through his parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give everything. Words are not enough, deeds are required. The parables are like mirrors for man: will he be hard soil or good earth for the word? What use has he made of the talents he has received? Jesus and the presence of the kingdom in this world are secretly at the heart of the parables. One must enter the kingdom, that is, become a disciple of Christ, in order to "know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven". For those who stay "outside", everything remains enigmatic'. (Para. 546)

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