I have to admit, I never quite understood why the King in today's Gospel reading was so mad.
Dont' get me wrong, I understood the point of the story, and the parallels to the Jews and Gentiles.
But the way I saw it, the King dragged these poor people off the street. How could he possibly expect them to have appropriate wedding attire? Wasn't he overreacting just a bit?
However, today I learned that in those days, it was customary for the King to provide wedding garments for his guests.
And that is why he was so insulted.
He invited them to a lavish party that they never deserved to be invited to, offered them entertainment they could get nowhere else, and unlimited food and wine to fill themselves with.
All they had to do was put on the clothes he gave them.
Instead, one gentleman felt like his own, unclean clothes were appropriate. And he was immediately deemed 'persona non grata'.
The parallels to God and His guests today are obvious, and since others will do a better job of writing about such things, I won't belabor them here.
But I do now realize I can no longer walk around in my own Charlie Brown Halloween costume and keep calling myself Holy*.
God Bless you.
*Ok, ok, I'll leave the jokes to Victor from now on.