Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
There is a story about a woman who had problems with her freezer. In her conversation with the person who was sent to her home to make the repair, she asked if any of the hamburger patties in the freezer had thawed. He responded, “many are cold, but few are frozen”.
In the Gospel for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time we hear Jesus state, “Many are called, but few are chosen”. This statement occurs at the end of a parable about a wedding banquet. Invitations are sent and those who were invited refused to come because they were too busy with other things. Some even killed the messenger. The king then tells his servants to invite anyone they can find so that the wedding hall will be full. When the king sees one man not dressed properly he sends him away because many are called but few are chosen.
There is a growing belief today that all people will be saved and that when we die we will automatically go to heaven. Today’s Gospel reminds us that this is not true. If we are too busy for the Lord or allow the light of faith to die, then we may find ourselves left outside in the darkness.
The wedding banquet symbolizes our salvation. The First Reading speaks of heaven as a mountain where a banquet is served with the best food and wine. Here we realize our salvation: “This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain.” God calls us to this banquet; however, in order to be chosen we need to be ‘properly dressed’. We need to prepare ourselves by doing our best to know, love and serve Christ our King. “Many are called, but few are chosen”.