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Matthew 22:1-14 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

As we gather for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, we will hear Jesus tell the third in his series of parables that speak of the human tendency to reject God's intentions. We will discuss some of the perplexing parts of this parable, and examine how we do or do not take action in our lives to fulfill God's plan of renewal and redemption in our world.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Matthew 22:1-14).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson assigned for today and reflect on the story of the king's feast, as told by Jesus. In your reflection, imagine yourself as each of the various roles in the story: the guests who did not come; the late-invited guests; the servants that went out and brought in people; the king (host of the gathering). What are your different emotions and senses toward everything that is going on in the story?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the idea of the great banquet that is taking place, and the guests that are there and not there? Imagine you went to a festive gathering and all the people you thought would be present are missing, and all those in attendance are surprising to you...what would you think of this upside-down event? Where do you find yourself in the festive gathering: drawn toward it or having a sense you might be missing?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's remark that puts "invitation" and "obedience" into an interesting connection with our relationship with God. Do you agree with the author's remarks about how we are "obliged to live as God's people?"

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