"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3 NRSV)
In our text for the day, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a king whose son was getting married. The king sent forth his servants to invite people to the wedding feast. In Jesus' time, weddings were huge events that could often last a week or longer. Many parents saved up for years in order to throw a lavish celebration. For this reason, wedding invitations were serious matters. They represented an enormous investment. But many who were invited to this wedding ignored the invitation. This displeased the king, as you might expect, and he told his servants to forget about those who had been invited and to gather up anyone they could find off the streets to bring them to the wedding feast instead. And the image we have is a wedding feast attended by the homeless, the rejected, winos and prostitutes, people off the streets. And there was a great party--thrown not for society's elite, but for all who would accept the invitation.

God's invitation, thankfully, is open to all, including you!

Loving God, thank you for inviting me to your heavenly kingdom. Help me to share your kingdom with those in need. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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