28A20. Isaiah 25:6-10a. This reading begins and ends with the words “on this mountain,” referring physically to Mount Zion and in Jerusalem (Isaiah 24:23c). From a spiritual point of view, I understand this phrase to mean that this mountain was the place of soul where God came down to his people and his people lifted themselves or reached up to God. This section of Isaiah is referred to as the ‘Apocalypse of Isaiah’ to provide a hope or dream of what God would someday do for his people who were still captives living in a foreign land. “On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death itself.” I understand Isaiah to mean that God will destroy the worldliness or lack of God-centeredness that leads to so much misery and devastation on this earth that can only end in death. He would wipe away every tear and especially the reproach or slavery of his people. Because “the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain,” there will be the kind of rejoicing among all peoples that one experiences at a spectacular, wondrous banquet. He is the God who spreads the table before us; our cup overflows (Psalm 23).
Matthew 22:1-14. Again Jesus delivers a parable to the chief priests and the elders. He is accusing them of being the ones who reject God’s invitation to come to the feast for his son Jesus. They will be the ones who will be destroyed because they will murder God’s son and their city will be destroyed. All other peoples would be invited to the heavenly banquet. The symbolism of the man who attended the wedding feast without a wedding garment is of someone who was not there to embrace the joy of the king but only to partake of the food and drink. To accept God’s invitation means that we choose to belong to God and to nothing else. The feast that all were invited to was to have Christ as their life. Those who do not have Christ as their life will be cast “into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20. The Church in Philippi offers assistance to Paul. Paul writes that he is able to do well whether he has little or a lot, as he says, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” Paul teaches them to do the same, when he says, “My God will supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” In these three readings we are told to put our faith in our all-provident God who rejoices in being a father who gives his children good things, because he loves us so much.