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Trinity 17 – “How did you get in here without a wedding robe?”

Matthew 22.1-14: Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a wedding banquet given for the King's son. The party is already going on before the King arrives: “When the King came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe.” The feast has already started. And the King expects the guests to be properly attired. He expects them to be ready. Are they ready? Are we?

The feast that has already started is a wedding celebration for the King’s Son: he should be centre-stage. Yet the Son and his bride don’t get a mention in the parable after the first line. The marriage itself doesn’t happen in the story: we don’t make it that far. We, the listeners, get only as far as the unprepared guest; we are thrown out into the darkness with him. We’re given no idea of what the bride looks like, who she is, the joy that awaits her and her groom-to-be. It’s like looking at a wedding album with all the photos of the couple cut out. Jesus leaves his audience in the dark.…