The parable in Matthew 22:1-14 tells how the Jews who were the first to be invited
turned away from the invitation. In order to fill the table at the feast, others were invited.
Gentiles, but some Jews were also included. Whosoever will....
A wonderful truth that Jesus also wants to leave is that his invitation is to a joyous feast,
like a wedding feast. God's invitation is to joy -- like a joyous feast. If we refuse the
invitation, we will miss the joy that is meant to be a part of the Christian life. We may be
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.