The Wedding Feast


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The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet

to tell them to come,

but they refused to come.

Then He sent some more servants and said,

“Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner:

My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.

Come to the wedding banquet.”

Matthew 22:2-4

I recently went to a wonderful out-of-town wedding.  It made me think more deeply about the meaning of weddings.

Including me, there were 4 other women who came from other states for the wedding.  The couple and their families were really appreciative of the fact that we came in from out of town and kept thanking us.  To me, a wedding invitation is a commitment.  Being invited – or not – to a wedding is a test of a friendship.  In theory, the bride & groom are only getting married once, so it’s “do or die”.  It’s like Haley’s Comet, if you don’t see it when it happens, you’ll never have another chance.  It’s an honor to be invited to a wedding. 

It’s also unlike anything else in that the bride and groom (or their families) pay the expenses.  They pay for your food and drink and pay to reserve your seat at the reception table.  If you went to someone’s birthday dinner, it is normal to pay for your own meal and subsidize the birthday girl’s meal as well, plus bring a present.  Same thing is true for showers & anniversaries & celebrations of all stripes; but at wedding, the celebrants do all the work and the guests just get to party along with them.

I never really thought about this as deeply before.   I’ve never thought about the importance of weddings at all.  I think that every time I’m invited to a wedding, I’m going to make my best effort to go.

 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:14

BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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