The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 19a, Thanksgiving Sunday

In today’s Gospel there is a paradox.  Turning our back to the cares of the world in order to go to the banquet of joy, in order to focus our minds on God, is not achieved because we are already good and holy. Matthew tells us that the servants invited both those who were good and those who were bad. They were invited because of the generosity of the king, not because they had done something to deserve the invitation. Isn’t that a comforting thought?