I love free stuff. Free stuff is inherently better than stuff you pay for… for example, free food just tastes better! Right?! If someone invited me to a party, told me it was free, AND that there would be food and dancing, I would totally be there. This is why I like weddings. Free food and fun… plus the Sacrament of Matrimony (obviously).
In yesterday’s Gospel, many invited wedding guests didn’t share my enthusiasm. Back in Jesus’ time, weddings even lasted a week! Can you imagine a week-long party with free food? Who would say no that? Yet, plenty did. So the king in this parable sends his servants out to extend the invitation to anyone they could find.
We turn down really good stuff all the time without even knowing it. Every time we sin, we turn down God’s plan for our us. He has extended an invitation to us to join Him in the Kingdom of Heaven, yet many of us turn Him down by the way we live our lives. We have an opportunity to join God for the ultimate, free, life-long party. He literally gave His life so that we could join Him. We RSVP by how we live our lives. Will I see you there?