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Parable of the Great Banquet, by The Brunswick Monogrammist ©National Museum, Warsaw

Parable of the Great Banquet, by The Brunswick Monogrammist ©National Museum, Warsaw

Source: Christian Art

Gospel of 19th August 2021 - Matthew 22:1-14



Jesus began to speak to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son's wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. "Tell those who have been invited" he said "that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding." But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He despatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding." So these servants went out on to the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests. When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment, and said to him, "How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?" And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.'

Reflection on the Painting

The classical interpretation to read today's Gospel reading of the Parable of the Wedding Feast is to consider the king to be God; his son is Jesus; the original invited guests are the Jewish people; the servants who were attacked are the Prophets; and the newly invited guests are the Gentiles/the non Jews.

Our reading ends with the words 'For many are called, but few are chosen'. To be called means to be invited. Anyone in the world who has the chance to hear the Gospel and Good News can then decide whether or not to become a disciple. So what does it mean then to be chosen? To be chosen means to wholeheartedly accept the invitation and its conditions. To be chosen means to do what is necessary to follow Christ. That is why Jesus is saying that few are chosen, as few are willing to pay the price to follow Him. Despite the abundance of God's grace, the decision for salvation is in our hands. Each one of us has to decide whether to accept the invitation. The invitation is free, and accepting it comes with great responsibility… and joy!

Our painting is by the Brunswick Monogrammist, an anonymous 16th-century Netherlandish painter. The artist signed his works with the interlocked letters J, V, A, M, S and L, but we don't know who exactly the artist is. So much to look at in this painting. We see the King seated in the distance on the right; wine is flowing, the feast is in full swing; we see poor and sick people invited; the original invited guests are seen killing the servant on the left, etc…

We are all invited to the wedding feast... so great is God's love for our world!

LINKS

Today's story - https://christian.art/en/daily-gospel-reading/903

Christian Art - https:/www.christian.art

Tags: Christian Art, Patrick van der Vorst, The Brunswick Monogrammist

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