Twenty-Eighth Sunday in OT
October 15, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
We don’t live under the threat of constant food shortage. We don’t know what it feels like to stand in line for bread. We don’t have to scrape together a few food scraps to make a meal. We live in abundance. The availability of food in our culture makes it difficult to appreciate the image of a wedding feast as it is portrayed in the Scriptures. For people living under threat of frequent famine, pestilence, shortage of food, and frequent war, the wedding feast was not to be missed. It meant a lavish spread lasting for days.
The wedding feast, as illustrated in this Sunday’s gospel, is a symbol of life in God, the fullness of which we call heaven. But more significantly, where Jesus is, so is the Kingdom, for Jesus is the power of God breaking into the world. This is the God who provides us with every good thing, who wants us to trust in his providing for us. This is difficult for us who are constantly sating our sensual appetites with the many good things that are available. If we have so much, and can provide for ourselves, in what ways is God even necessary? We live with a false sense of security, for we do not truly understand that God has made all of this possible. The orange that sits in my fruit bowl, the clean water that pours forth from my kitchen tap, the gasoline available on the corner — we take for granted that they will simply be there for us. But in truth, what we experience is God’s work, providing these things so that we may live lives of gratitude.
What we bring to God in prayer is mindfulness, recognition of this good life as grace. It means not to take it for granted, but to offer continual thanks. Then we will be fitting guests at the feast of life, clothed in a wedding garment, with willing hearts to share all that we have.
Blessings in Abundance,