Today we hear the Gospel of St. Matthew Chapter 22 verses 35-46, which speaks about the greatest and most important teaching of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, that of the greatest commandment of all, LOVE. Jesus in his ministry taught us that the first commandment is about love and that the second and most important commandment is also about love.
This Sunday we hear the Parable of the Wedding Feast, actually the invitation to a wedding feast. Most people as they prepare for this special occasion are exuberant and excited about the event in their lives. People are eager to share in the joys of the occasion and experience the happiness of life.
This Sunday, the Gospel Lesson is from Matthew Chapter 21:33-42, the Parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard. This gospel gives us a glimpse of what Jesus thought about evil deeds and their consequences. It is the story of the wine grower and the wicked workers in his vineyard, who beat, stone and kill their Master’s servants and even his heir.
In today’s Gospel from Matthew 18:23-35, we hear the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, which provides an interesting contrast between the Rabbinic teachings of the Old Testament and the teachings of Our Lord recorded in the New Testament concerning how many times you are to forgive others.
In today’s gospel from Matthew 14:14-22, we hear the story of the multiplication of the five loaves. This story is unique in that it is featured and recorded in all four Gospels. However, the most profound meaning and explanation of this miraculous event in Jesus’ ministry, is that the multitude themselves understood the miracle in the wilderness as a messianic sign, for those gathered around Him were an image of the Messiah feeding His people, just like when God sent manna to satisfy His people when they escaped Egypt.