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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Homily – Matthew 22:1 - 14 ©

The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.10.15

There is no Kingdom, there is a Garden

It is shameful when the Gospel writers betray the teaching and mission of Jesus, when they allow they allow their own fears, and their own reflections on the tribulations they suffered to warp the Good News that Jesus proclaimed as “the way” to God.

First, let it be understood that heaven is not a kingdom, it is a garden. God is not a king, god is a loving parent. Jesus is not a princeling, he is our brother.

Any reflection on “the way” that does not reflect those principles, is at a minimum a distortion, and at worst a deliberate deception.

God does not command troops, God is not a warrior, God does not deliver the death sentence as punishment for any crime.
God’s Justice is merciful, it is loving and it is kind.

God has laid a table for everyone to share. God has in fact invited the good and the bad alike, both the rich and the poor, the friend and the stranger.

The feast at God’s table is less a wedding celebration and more of a family reunion, the feast is not to celebrate the joining of two, who were not one, but the celebration of a unity that pre-exists all things.

All people are the children of God.

We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, whether we know of, or have ever heard of the name of Christ or not.

At the feat in the garden, there are no wedding garments, we were no badges, and are not asked to present credentials, all are welcome and none are rejected, there will be no darkness, no weeping and no gnashing of teeth.

Invite Everyone You Can to the Wedding

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. “Tell those who have been invited” he said “that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding.” But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He despatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding.” So these servants went out on to the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests. When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment, and said to him, “How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?” And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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