The Gospel Lesson for the 14th Sunday of Matthew is the story of the Wedding Feast. Jesus pictured the Kingdom of God as a Wedding Feast for He called Himself a groom and viewed those who followed Him as guests in a wedding.
The first guests were God’s special people, the Jews, who refused His invitation by rejecting the person and ministry of Christ. The second guests are the Gentiles, all of whom are invited whether they are good or bad.
However, the invitation implies preparation and change for proper participation in the Feast of God’s kingdom. So the guest without a life adorned by the fruits of the Holy Spirit is cast out, which emphasizes that all are invited, but few truly respond with all their heart and thus become God’s chosen.
Let us seriously consider God’s invitation and come to the Wedding Feast prepared for all of us!