First Letter to the Corinthians 4,14-21.
I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me.
For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.
What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
Paul talks to us as a father, and we can call him dad.
"be imitators of me": we can trust him, his words, as we trust the Word of God. We won't be wrong by imitating our father Paul. He is not exaggerating and doesn't boast. As a father does, Paul asks us what we prefer to be treated: with a stick or with a spirit of gentleness. Of course we prefer the second one and we want to be his good children
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22,1-14.
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:
‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.
Again he sent other slaves, saying, "Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet."
But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his slaves, "The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet."
Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
and he said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?" And he was speechless.
Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
For many are called, but few are chosen.’
I'm fond of this text, because it talks about the "wedding banquet": it's not really a "parable", it's very very similar to what it will be. We are all called to a wedding banquet, where Christ is the Groom and we all together are the Bride. The party is for us. They are celebrating our feast. In this parable, the king sends the slaves, as Jesus will send his apostles, disciples and then his priests to all the people. Then the king sends his troops, as Jesus will send his angels to us. He invited now and every day at his dinner, the Eucharist. And one day He will renew his invitation for us to the "heavenly dinner", the eternal nuptials.
And above all, we have to pay attention not to be the one that goes today to the Eucharist with a dirty cloth, with a dirty soul, because tomorrow we won't be able to cheat the Lord. Unfortunately someone can go and eat the holy Eucharist without having cleaned his soul through the Confession before, but that they the door will be close for him.
The last words are of hope. The Lord doesn't leave us with a word of sorrow. Finally He tells that we are "chosen". We are all invited, called to the heavenly banquet. We just need to accept the invitation and pray for everyone else with the same intention.