Lent with Bossuet - Meditations on the Gospel (28)

April 09, 2020
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Detail from “Christ on the Cross with the Virgin Mary, St. John, and St. Catherine of Sienna” (1575) – Marco Pino

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

“And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come” (Mt. 22:3). What prevented the men from answering Our Lord’s call?

The most common excuse given was business, and, so to speak, the enchantment of the affairs of the world. By this, Jesus does not refer to the extraordinary affairs which arise in life. Rather, it is the common routine of business which concerns and which attracts men, so much so that they do not give themselves the leisure to think about their vocation, nor to listen to Jesus Christ Who calls them to His banquet.

“But they neglected, and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise. And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death” (Mt. 22:5-6). In fact, this is what happened to the Saviour.

Some resisted His preaching of the Gospel openly. But the main reason for rejecting Him was negligence, caused by occupation with the affairs of life.

Jesus Christ had already stated this parable on another occasion. St. Luke, who reports it to us, recalls, at the same time, the vain excuses of those who did not come to the feast. “And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm…I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them…I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come” (Lk. 14:18-20).

They did not openly undervalue His word, but, occupied with the cares of the world, they came and went without thinking of anything but their business. They did not say, “I will have nothing to do with you nor your feast.” Rather, they excused themselves with a sort of respect. “I beg you,” they said, “to excuse me for this time.” This was rather a delay than a refusal. Such is life.