The parable of the marriage feast features in today’s Gospel reading. This is a good elaboration on the Isaiah reading about the messianic banquet. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.

Even the Psalm helps. You prepare a table before me … you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Matthew tells us that everything has been prepared for the wedding banquet, waiting for people to come and enjoy. These are all good images for this Thanksgiving weekend.

Jesus’ parable begins with the call to the invited guests. They would not come, despite a second insistence. Then the outcasts are invited, seemingly just for the purpose of filling the hall with live bodies. But the king was not happy, possibly for the sake of his son. Then he was aghast and speechless at seeing an attendee without a wedding garment.

Praise the Lord

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