Sunday’s readings are all about how God provides.
The Old Testament reading shows us that God provides, not just for the grand and the glorious, but also for the poor and the powerless. The Twenty-Third Psalm tells us that God provides not because we deserve it, but because that's who God is. In the Epistle, Paul uses his own life to show that God can be trusted for help in any circumstance.
The Gospel is the parable of the wedding feast, a joyous event with the laws of hospitality as its backstory (see yesterday’s post), that can feel a little out of place given the other readings. The parable starts with violent insults to the king’s hospitality by the original guests, and ends with a scene that seems to conflict with the king’s open invitation for new guests.
When I was growing up, there was a bare patch in the corner of the yard that became a muddy puddle after it rained. My mom would let me play in it and make a mess of myself, but when my dinner was ready, I had to get cleaned up before I could come in.
Everything was ready and waiting for me, but there was something I had to do before I could have it. Keep that image in mind as you listen to Sunday’s Gospel.
Sunday’s Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101214.cfm