Prayer: When we turn away or take lightly your welcome, the regrets may be more than invitation Regrets Only. May we be open and ready to attend your call to us to celebrate. Amen
Reading: Matthew 22: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Some invitations come with an RSVP Regrets Only meaning you only need to be in touch with the host(ess) if you are not able to attend. Easier to count for the planner; easier for the guest who only needs to be in touch if declining the invitation.
In the Parable of the Wedding Banquet, the guests made light of the invitation and came up with many excuses of why they could not come - need to go back the farm, got business to do, and worse, so disinterested they mistreated (read-siezed and killed) those sent with the invitation. The enraged king brought destruction upon them and invited others instead. Their Regrets Only response left them only with regrets. Yet, of those invited next, some were regretfully sent away because they did not come prepared.
What gets in the way of our celebrating with our Lord and king, Jesus? Do we come up with excuses? Do we come ready to celebrate? The Good News is we are all invited. No regrets at all. --Ruth Gates
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