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sexta-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2017
RAT RACE OR CELEBRATION
the servants went out into the streets
and gathered all the people they could find,
the bad as well as the good,
and the wedding hall
was filled with guests.
Matthew 22:10 (read 22:1-10) - NIV
This parable is
part of a confrontation between religious leaders and Jesus. Its interpretation
must take into account this context. This allegory reflects tension and
conflict between two value systems. The king invited some selected subjects to
his son’s wedding celebration, but the specially invited guests put their
private affairs in the foreground and coped out of the invitation. The king
responded by bypassing the invited guests and opening the party for everyone.
criticizing the exclusive elitism of the ruling religious establishment of his
day. He approved the opening of the Kingdom to include the excluded. Because of
the stark reality of exclusiveness, this subject was discussed repeatedly in
all four of the Gospels. The Kingdom of God was the exact opposite of that
system. For the victims of the social situation of inequality Jesus brought the
Good News (Gospel) of inclusion.
The Gospel is
perpetually valid, because history constantly repeats itself. Human nature
dictates that in most social structures power structures prevail and create an
exclusive privileged class and an excluded underprivileged one. The great irony
of the history of the church is that a vast majority of its ecclesiastical
authorities, who claim to represent the poor and humble Jesus, take care of
themselves first and have a life style much higher than that of the average
follower. We see that from the luxury of the Vatican to Protestant leadership,
both traditional and charismatic. Modern Christianity has little, if any,
leadership of the style of Mahatma Gandhi. Another irony in modern times is
that the political leader who most imitated Jesus was Hindu. Religious
leaderships as well as secular and profane are lacking the Gospel standards of
being servants rather than masters. They are still taking care of their own
particular interests and ignoring the invitation to the "Son’s wedding
As followers of
Jesus we are challenged to identify with the excluded in our social structures.
The power holders are in that position because they have put their own
interests above that of the collective good and are very busy continuing to do
In light of
these considerations we are servants of the Kingdom (wedding celebration) and
are to include both the bad and the good in the celebration. We have trouble
with the inclusion of the “bad”, but in the text the bad are put before the
good. The bad are as needy as the good and the invitation to the wedding
celebration of the parable is open to all.
The evil of
those who ignored the first invitation was selfish busyness. Life is to be a
celebration, not a rat race. Both the bad and the good people who left the rat
race and went to the celebration were better off than all those good folk who
had something “better” to do. The good news of the Kingdom is that we, both bad
and good, are invited to celebrate what life has provided.
22:1-10 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The
kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He
sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to
come, but they refused to come.
“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those
who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened
cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his
field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them
and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those
murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is
ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners
and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the
streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the
good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.