The parable of the wedding feast and the open invitation gives us a wonderful presentation of God's generosity and invites us to identify and respond positively to such a gracious gift from God. Our worthy participation in this feast will certainly help us to transform any kind of lament into joy. Since it is an open invitation, to participate in this wedding feast, we must identify the invitation, understand the importance that the Master has given us, the greatness of the feast, and make it a priority to respond positively to it.
It is important that we know the context of this parable that speaks of the Kingdom of God and is addressed to the elites of society, a community that can understand it and interpret it correctly for the common people. Although this parable is not complicated, the rejection of the invitation by the chosen ones and the rejection by the master of the one who accepted the invitation, invite us to look at the background of the parable, to understand it and apply it in our daily life.
In today’s contexte, what exactly is the feast in which the Lord invites us to participate? Perhaps it is the feast of the prodigal son, in which the eldest son refuses to participate. It is quite possible that it is the feast of the lost coin or the lost sheep, that we find no reason to give it importance. Or it may be the feast of the master, who has become king and wishes to settle the accounts. Who knows, is it we who have received the talents? Since this is a wedding, are we part of this wedding party? Does the master wish to make an alliance with us? I hope that these questions remain open to your own interpretation.
It is quite interesting to note that the master is adamant that the party must continue and cannot be stopped. He must absolutely make sure that the wedding hall is complete. Just like the worker of the lost hour, or even sending his only son to the tenants, the master never gets discouraged and gives the maximum possibilities and opportunities to the workers to respond, who rarely show themselves worthy of the master.
The Master is not satisfied with the presence of the guests. He wishes to establish a personal contact. In parable, the Master makes it a point of honor to meet people personally, so that in His Kingdom there are no strangers. All are invited, and very few are chosen. The Master makes us understand at the end, again and again, who the Master is. No grace is deserved, rather it is given with generosity. It is not a hand made of human intelligence, but rather a hand given freely to the unworthy, who are made worthy by their love and perseverance.
So how is it that this one guest has become unworthy to be here? It is his holy silence on the Master's question, which reveals to us that the worker refused all the possibilities and opportunities offered to him to participate with dignity in the wedding feast. It is not the marriage of anyone that you are here. It is to your own wedding that you are invited. If you come to your own wedding party without wedding clothes, while all the other guests are dressed in a dignified way and have honored you, then.............................., your silence is not acceptable, not only to the master, but also to the guests. This parable confirms that the Lord is not there to judge us. We inherit judgment, through our own arrogance and disobedience, in full knowledge of all the consequences. If not, where does this silence come from that gives us the opportunity to be there, while the action is demanded?
To be a member of the Kingdom of God is not only God's grace, but also our positive commitment, as an imperative, to make it happen. God cannot save us, against our own will, says St. Thomas Aquinas. Even today, God invites us to participate in his feast. The celebration of the Eucharist is one such occasion. Are we worthy to be here?