Sermon: Invitation to the Kingly Wedding
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22: 1-14
Dear community of Christians,
The earth and its solid ground are the place where we as human beings feel safe. If our feet feel the solid earth, we can keep ourselves in balance. The moment the ground under our feet starts moving, for example on a stormy lake, or in an earthquake, we need all our strength to stay upright.
When a blow of destiny strikes us, the solid ground of our soul is severely shaken and often we lose our inner balance. This is understandable and quite natural, because it is so human.
When the king invites people to join the kingly wedding festival, to the wedding of the human soul with Christ the bridegroom. We can see this as the unconditional request of the spiritual world to join the spiritual path with the best intentions of the soul. And this is still valid today. But then those who are invited reject it. Actually, if we don’t follow the call, if we reject it, then - today nobody feels severely shaken, or loses their inner balance.
We are so solidly bound as human beings, that we don’t anymore have the spiritual openness to look from a divine perspective; to see what is meant by rejecting this invitation in the context of the development of humanity. The ground of our soul should be shaken. In fact, we disregard our spiritual existence and reduce it to a purely external matter.
It is mentioned that the king grew angry and sent out an invitation to people in general. In the end many accepted and came to the feast.
But how do we enter the wedding hall? Are there rules for entering?
Today, to enter consciously into the spiritual world is certainly not possible for many people. Sometimes, when we have experienced a difficult blow and our soul was deeply shaken, we could feel how unprepared and even trembling we were through this experience. For a time we lost the solid ground of our being. Such an experience could make us aware of the need for a purification of our soul. If we once want to enter into the wedding hall, whether in life or after death, we need the right garment. Our purified soul can be accepted, when the final proof is given that we are able to keep standing and not tremble anymore.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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