Keeping in God's Grace
Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment? (Matthew 22: 12)
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22: 1-14)
In this parable Jesus prophesies the future of the chosen people: a part of the Israelites will not respond to the God's invitation to participate in the marriage of His Son. These people will, therefore, be replaced by the pagans to whom the preaching of the apostles will later be directed. We do not think, however, that the Word of God is always and only addressed to others: we too are invited to the wedding feats. Yet, to gain eternal happiness we need to be in a state of grace. If we fall into mortal sin, let us confess as soon as possible to recover the lost state of grace.