Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Sunday Word

It's not too late to take some time and read through the Word for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. 

Our Sunday's Gospel notices a lot of jockeying for position at the table as different people vied for the place of honor. Jesus responds with a parable. He tells a parable about a wedding banquet which, on the surface, seems to be a kind of Emily Post-style instruction on etiquette but, in reality, is much more.

That Jesus talked about a “wedding banquet” may indicate a larger agenda here. In different places in the Scriptures, the wedding banquet sometimes serves as a symbol for the coming kingdom of God. Jesus seemed to be warning his fellow dinner guests that their striving for a place of honor at God’s table was a projection of their airbrushed image of themselves.