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Thursday of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 36:23-28
Psalm 51:13-13, 14-15, 18-19
Matthew 22:1-14
Sprinkle clean water on you symbolizes cleansing from sin. This is
God˅s forgiveness. God would not only restore the people physically
to the land, but would restore them spiritually, by giving them a new
heart and new spirit to help them follow Him and do His will. We shall
live in His land, we shall be his people and He will be our God.
The Kingdom of heaven indicates that the story contains principles or
truths that relate to the Kingdom of God. Marriage refers to a wed-
ding feast. God is sending us an invitation to celebrate in Christ˅s
Kingdom. God sent out an invitation and some people refused to
come. Two invitations were sent out. The first was sent long before
the celebration so that people would have plenty of time to prepare
themselves for the feast. Some made light of the invitation because
they did not care about it. They were so preoccupied with the here
and now that they had no concern for God˅s Kingdom. Both bad and
good refers to Jews and Gentiles. Both groups include some who are
morally evil and others who are morally good. Whatever the condi-
tion, people need to respond to the gospel. Did not have a wedding
garment ˀ he was supposed to wear clean clothes. To come to a
wedding banquet unprepared or in soiled clothing would have been