Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 11-OCT-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 19 – The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew's gospel is violent reading. It tells of a tyrannical, narcissistic king who sent out invitations for a lavish feast celebrating his son's wedding. When the invitations were ignored and some of the couriers were murdered, the king ordered his army to destroy the city where the murderers lived. Then he decreed that everybody was going to attend the feast, and that everyone was going to be dressed uniformly in wedding robes that he himself was going to supply. When the guests had gathered, one of them was seen without a wedding gown; and when he was challenged and remained silent, the errant guest was bound head and foot and tossed out into the dark. In the sermon we are asked not to equate the king in the parable with God. The God of Jesus is not a God of violence, coercion and punishment, he is a God of love, forgiveness and acceptance. This parable in Matthew's gospel is placed during the week before Christ's betrayal and crucifixion; and when the parable's non-conforming wedding guest is thrown out into the darkness, it could be seen as a preview of the way Jesus was going to stand silently in front of Pillate, before his descent into the darkness of death. To what and to whom do we show allegiance? To what and to whom do we need to show dissent? May these questions prompt us to enliven spiritual conversations and orient our lives in the reign of God.
Matthew 22: 1-14

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