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Matthew [22:1-14] The Parable of the Wedding Banquet Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22,1-14. Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in …More
Matthew [22:1-14] The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22,1-14.

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."'
Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.'
The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'
Many are invited, but few are chosen."

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Saint Jacob of Sarug (c.449-521)
Syrian monk and Bishop
Sermon on Moses's veil


"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son"
According to his mysterious design the Father prepared a Bride for his only Son and made her known under prophetic images (...) In his book, Moses wrote that: “a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two of them become one body” (Gen 2:24). The prophet Moses spoke about the man and woman in this way to foreshadow Christ and his Church. With the prophet's piercing eye he beheld Christ becoming one with the Church thanks to the mystery of the water: he envisioned Christ drawing the Church to himself from the virginal womb and the Church drawing Christ to herself in the waters of baptism. Thus were the Bridegroom and Bride wholly united in a mystical way. That is why Moses, with veiled face (Ex 34:33), beheld Christ and the Church; one he called “man” and the other “woman” so as to avoid revealing the reality to the Hebrew people in all its clarity (...). For a time the veil would conceal this mystery; none would know the meaning of this great image and would be ignorant of what it represented.
But when their espousals had been celebrated, Paul came. He saw the veil laid across their splendor and raised it to reveal Christ and his Bride to the world. He showed how they were indeed what Moses had described in his prophetic vision. Rejoicing with holy joy, the apostle declared: “This is a great mystery” (Eph 5:32). He made known what this veiled image that the prophet referred to as man and woman really meant: “I know,” he said, “that it is Christ and his Church, who are no longer two but one body” (cf. Eph 5:31).
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