Have you ever been to Valentines?
What about the Grand Century Restaurant? With absolutely everything laid on. What
you saw when you sat down is all in the first reading today.
It is Isaiah’s vision of the tables in the kingdom of the Lord. “A banquet of rich food, of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.” Isaiah indicates everyone is invited. The Lord will pick up the bill!
In the Gospel Jesus describes God’s table too, as the wedding feast his Father has prepared for his Son, and for all those the Son chooses to invite.
Hard to believe people wouldn’t want to accept. But so many have other things to do, and some even get stuck into the servants carrying the invites. Over the ages God’s true prophets treated so badly.
However, there are others brought in to take the places of those who wouldn’t come – called from all over the world! Young and old and people in between! There we are in the great wedding hall, enjoying being with our Lord at his wedding.
Letting him wipe away our tears, take away our shame, sitting us down and waiting on us himself! The Lord at his own wedding!
He is a very gentle bridegroom: “Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives us repose.” He is a generous host: “You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.” He fulfils all our needs, as lavishly as only the Son of God can.
BUT we, very grateful and happy to be there, cannot afford to be smug! For just being there is not enough. We need our “wedding garments”.
What is the wedding garment I must have?
A living faith alive in my mind and heart, and resulting in all kinds of good works. That’s the wedding garment for all of us to wear!