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“Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.'” Matthew 22:8
I’ve been to several weddings where I’ve missed the mark on how to dress. Based on the bride and groom, and what I perceived their vision for the day to be, I either overdressed or underdressed for the occasion. The level and duration of my discomfort depended on my self-confidence that day, and just how much my mistake stood out. I always took consolation in the fact that at least I tried, and that all eyes were focused on the couple of the day, not on me and my wardrobe faux paus.
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Claire, how particularly relevant, especially for us women, no matter our age is this reflection on “what to wear,” whether it be a wedding, a party, a church event, etc. the list goes on, and like you, I’ve on a few occasions showed up at an event in the “wrong” apparel and had to swallow my uneasiness , turning my mistake into a joke! That’s why I’ve often reflected on this Gospel and struggled with the message Jesus was making here. So I particularly appreciated your enlightened reflection on this Gospel, pointing out that the wedding garment is symbolic of the spiritual garb we must clothe ourselves in daily … you described it as our faith, and I agree. We are, after all, temples of God, temples He relies on to pour out His Love to all those who cross our path. If we forget this truth we may well forget to put on our “faith garment” and no matter how glamorous, up to date, expensive our physical outfits,we are nothing more than empty vessels instead of vessels clothed in His Love!
So beautifully put Jackie! I especially like your point about how God relies on us to pour out His love to others. It’s that love that we should be clothing ourselves in – and oh how radiant we’d all be if we did!