The Poor and Infirm Are Called to the Wedding Feast
“The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.” Where shall we find guests? “Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage” (Mt. 22:8-9); “the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame” (Lk.14:21). “For I am not come to call the just, but sinners” (Mt.9:13).
The Pharisees and the doctors of law, who presumed their justice have been excluded; “for they stumbled at the stumbling stone,” in coming to me; “not by faith, but as it were of works” (Rm. 9:32), and by their own merits. They did not search for a doctor to cure them, and for a Saviour who might deliver them, but for a flatterer to applaud their false virtue.
I want none of them. They will go away empty those who come to me as full and rich by themselves: “the rich He hath sent empty away,” sings the Blessed Virgin (Lk. 1:53).
Bring me the first arrivals. If they are empty, I will fill them; and if they are poor, I will make them a part of my riches. I will straighten them, if they are lame; I will make them see, if they are blind. I will open their ears, if they are deaf. It is for this that I have come.
Come to me, weak ones. Come, sinners. Do not be ashamed of bringing here your benumbed feet, and your twisted limbs. The grace of Jesus Christ will straighten you.