Come to the banquet.
The parable in todayís Gospel is a fairly
straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king, Jesus the
bridegroom, the feast is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies
in the First Reading. The Israelites are those first invited to the feast by
Godís servants, the prophets. For refusing repeated invitations and even killing
His prophets, Israel has been punished, its city conquered by foreign armies.