We might be tempted to think, upon reading Christ's parable this weekend, “Um, I think the King has a bit of an anger issue.” Here's the parable in a nutshell. The King invites guests to his son's wedding reception and none of them attend. So, we read: “The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city” (Matt 22:7). But wait, it gets better (or worse). The King instead invites beggars and random people off the street to attend the reception. These people accept the invitation, but when the king spots one of the new guests not wearing appropriate attire, he flies off the handle. “[The King] said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‹Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth›” (Matt 22:12-13).
The King is on a tear! Can you imagine what the son from the parable felt like? People being killed, towns being destroyed, and poor, unassuming beggars being tortured all on account of his wedding?
Okay, so maybe the King in the parable could use some anger management counseling. But that's not the point of the parable. Leave aside the anger, and focus instead on the King's love for his son. The King wants so badly to celebrate his son's joy with a nice wedding feast. He is offended, for his son's sake, when the expected people do not attend. But he is still going to throw the party. Even though, then, the King has to settle for strangers as guests, he still wants the party itself to be nice. He is not going to compromise on the quality of the party, which is why he throws out the man not dressed in the wedding garment. The King wants only the best for the prince.
The King is God and we are the sons. God loves us incredibly and will go to extremes to celebrate us. Hopefully we can see the God's great love, and not anger, in our Lord's parable this weekend.
This weekend in the back of the church we will have our Missionary Spirit Team present for the Uncle Pete's Sack Ministry. Our SPRED group will also be present for their Tootsie Roll collection.
Tomorrow, Monday, October 16th the Parish Pastoral Council will have its monthly meeting. In addition to the members of the PPC, all of the heads of the various ministries and committees at St. Juliana, as well as the parish staff, are invited to attend this meeting. We will discuss the makeup of the new PPC and our mission and goals for the year.
Angels and Demons will the topic of discussion for the Tuesday Night Theology seminar this week. We will be in the Ministry Center chapel at 7pm and all are invited.Our school's athletic board will be meeting Wednesday. Thank you to all the members of the board, as well as our coaches and parents who support our sports programs. Good luck to the football and cross country teams this Saturday!
Yours in Christ,