Reading: Matthew 22: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Last Monday, my wife and celebrated our wedding anniversary. The year we got married, there were many preparations, including sending out invitations to our friends and family. When we did the rough draft of the guest list, we had over 400 people. We knew we our venue could not hold that many people so we had to whittle down the list. We eventually settled on about 250 people, as I recall.
We were anticipating a big crowd for our big day. But what would have happened if we had made all the preparations and when we arrive on that day, no one was there. I'm sure our emotions would have run the gamut from being surprised to being hurt to being angry.
This is just what the king felt in our story today. He also planned a wedding banquet and no one arrived. He sent people out to bring folks off the streets, just so there would be attendees. Jesus likened it to those who did not accept the grace that God gives to all.
I also think this story is a reminder that when we make a commitment, we should stick to it. If we say we are going to attend an event or do something for a friend or relative, we need to follow though and do it. The disappointment the king felt may very well be the same disappointment felt by the person you made the commitment to. I recently talked to a youth group leader who is frustrated when her youth say they'll attend an event and then bail out at the last minute.
The story of the wedding banquet should be a reminder to us to do what we say we are going to do. (And, don't forget to return your wedding invitation RSVP card!) --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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