The leaders of the Jewish people were the heirs of so much sacred history. They were the custodians of the Law of Moses and so much revealed scripture.
Jesus comes to fulfill the scriptures and to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is compared to a marriage feast. The messianic kingdom, a foretaste of what is to come.
Marriage is about love, commitment, celebration. It is about joy, the sharing of life. It is about children and the passing on of life to others. It is about sharing in the ongoing act of creation.
The Jewish leaders are stuck in their ways and are not open to Jesus being the fulfilment of their expectations.
They had their own preconceived ideas and reject Jesus; in fact, they were instrumental in bringing about His death.
In the parable, the wedding feast is open to all others after the first guests refuse to respond to the invitation.
It is important that we do not point the finger at the Jewish leaders.
We need to ask ourselves if we are ready to accept the invitation of Christ to meet Him on His terms.
Christ has given us His Church and the promise of the Holy Spirit.
We need to be open to be the Church that Christ wants us to be.
The Holy Spirit can surprise us as he surprised the Jewish leaders.
Rigid and narrow understanding of our faith is not Catholic or Christian. It is what the Jewish leaders did.
It does not mean that we create the Church we want. It is rather the Church Christ wants.
Nostalgia about past securities, can block the freshness of the spirit. We need to avoid sticking rigidly to the past while, of course, not throwing away ‘the baby with the bath water’.
Jesus calls us to be wise, to have ‘things old and new’.