Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Gospel in a Nutshell -The two call rule.


Matthew 22: 1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
"Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast."'
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.'
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests,
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?'
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'
Many are invited, but few are chosen."
My husband has a rule about calling people back after they have failed to return his call.  After calling someone once and leaving a message, he calls only one more time before leaving it in the other person's court.  Recently, I thought I had to use the two call rule for one of my friends.

I have a great friend who is like family to me.  Although we do not speak that often, when we do it's like no time has passed.  Everyone knows that kind of friend, right?  Well, I called this friend the other day and left a message.  I got no call back.  I called a second time and left a message.  Still no call back.  I was getting upset...I replayed our last conversation, I tried to remember things I may have posted on this blog or on facebook that could have offended this friend...but I could think of nothing.  Now, my husband said that his two call rule should take into effect now or else I would be a stalker.

In one final attempt (yup, I broke the two call rule)...I sent my friend a message asking bluntly what was wrong and why was I being ignored.  Thank goodness I did because the friend said that nothing was wrong, and had just been behind on returning calls.  We got together that week and once again, things are as they should be!

In today's gospel the king in the parable is inviting people to his son's wedding...but no one is responding.  The gospel describes his anger, his frustration, and his scorn.  Hmm, it seems like no one likes being rejected repeatedly.

Jesus invites us constantly to his feast!  When we don't respond because we're too busy, or don't like the church we go to, or find it too hard to concentrate on praying with kids screaming around....He doesn't stop inviting us.  We are too precious for Him to give up on.  Just as I was so upset at my friend not returning my calls, and the king in the parable went berserk when no one showed up at the wedding...Jesus warns us that there will be consequences for those who ignore his invitations.

We're invited!  All of us! And while Jesus does not use the two call rule...we don't know when our last invitation to His kingdom will come...so we need to answer the invitation.  Now.

1 comment:

  1. Nicole, I so look forward to your posts about the Gospel each week! :-)

    Our pastor made such a good point yesterday. He said that we make so many excuses, and many of them legitimate, that we're too busy and have too much to do. We have to make the time for the Lord for "eye has not seen, nor ear has heard what God has ready for those who love Him."

    Hope you have a great week!
    God bless,
    Lisa

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