Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | You might recall last week that Jesus told a parable about a vineyard, which was an image for him of the Kingdom of God. Well, in today’s parable Jesus throws up another Kingdom image, this time that of a wedding feast. I’m sure you are all quite familiar with this image, yet it is not the ‘go to’ image we tend to think of when thinking of the Kingdom of Heaven. I suspect we will more readily go to images about resting and peacefulness. However, the challenge of this image – which, strikingly, does not come from Jesus – is that it can portray God’s heavenly kingdom in very passive and inert terms. This is not how Jesus conveys the Kingdom of Heaven. His words, like in today’s parable, invariably portray images of activity and engagement; of celebration and social interaction; of worship and praise. The Kingdom of Heaven is a busy place of active leisure, intentional creativity and unbounded joy.