I remember my parents taking me to small town weddings. Everyone for miles around was invited to the ceremony. Later, hundreds of people would enjoy food, dancing and laughter for hours. It seemed magical to a small child, but I realize now leaving an active farm for an entire day took much planning, with a determination to be present.
We also have an open invitation to the marriage of the Lamb. Like the family farm, this requires preparation and effort on our part.
In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus describes excuses people give to not accept a banquet invitation. They were distracted with the general everyday affairs of life. Interestingly, the people who do attend are the poor and the lame. Similarly, we live in a world full of idols and falsehoods that are vying for the place of God. “Babylon the Great” is trying to pollute our lives and worship; possessions, jobs, pleasures and hobbies must be kept in their proper places so they do not distract us from the groom, Christ. Our willingness to follow Jesus becomes our first piece of wedding attire, one of “the righteous deeds of the saints.”
Dear Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. In a world full of distractions, help me cultivate a strong relationship with you and help others come to know and love you as well. Amen. — MDB