October 9, 2011
“We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests.” Matthew 22:9 (The Message Bible)
Brides and grooms begin to plan their special day months or years in advance. After the date is set, a budget is established, and then a guest list is formed. Who will come?
The wedding reception and banquet to follow the ceremony becomes a drama of seating charts, food choices that are sensitive to vegetarians, vegans, and those with gluten intolerance, allergies to seafood, nuts, and dairy. As the event gets closer to the R.S.V.P. date, the one holding the checkbook wonders if formalities have gone out the window. How many guests will just show up?
In the scripture for today, Jesus refers to the banquet God is planning for us. God is the host and prepares the list of who will attend. Our invitations are printed on our hearts and souls. No R.S.V.P. is required.
Dear Host of the best banquet ever, help us to live our lives to become part of the heavenly banquet and to bring along a guest or two. Amen.