I’m sure you’ve heard stories of brides who, for whatever reason, were left at the altar on the day of their wedding. It’s hard to imagine the heart-break that follows as anything less than devastating. How do you rise from the ashes of disappointment?
Logistically it can be a nightmare. What to do with the venue that’s been reserved; what to do with the perfect wedding dress; what to say to the guests who have arrived; what to do with the band that is booked to play, and then – what to do with all the food for the reception.
Every once in a while you hear about a bride who, rather than stay in the pit of despair, chooses to let the party begin, except with a completely different guest list! This guest list is made up of people from community homeless shelters, people
from the streets, individuals that many look down on as the dregs of society. They are the invited guests!
In today’s reading from Matthew we find Jesus telling a parable about a wedding given by a king. Everything is ready but those invited choose not to attend. In this parable the king twice sends out messengers with the invitation. Some are ignored, some are mistreated, and some of the messengers are even killed.
The twist in the parable comes when the king sends his messengers into the streets to invite everyone, good and bad, to the wedding. They gladly show up, but when the king arrives to see the guests, he notices one man not wearing a wedding
robe. Immediately the man is thrown out of the wedding, all for the lack of a wedding robe. What was this wedding robe?
Today we are baptizing William Putney, the son of Witt and Kate. Through the waters of baptism a person “puts on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) and “have clothed themselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). In Colossians believers are encouraged to clothe themselves with virtues, above all “with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:12-14).
With this in mind and the understanding that you are invited by the king to the wedding, look closely at how you are clothed.