In the parable of the marriage feast, Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like a king (God) who gave a marriage feast for his son. He sent his servants out to call those who were invited to the marriage feast but they would not come. They were too busy. Again he sent the servants out with the call but they were treated shamefully and some were killed.
The king was angry and said to his servants “those that were invited weren’t worthy so go out on the street and invite everyone both good and bad so the wedding hall was filled with guests.” But the king noticed that one man didn’t have on the proper wedding garment so he ordered him bound, hand and foot, and cast out into the darkness, saying “many are called but few are chosen.”
We might be asking ourselves what is the message Jesus is sending to us through this parable? First of all, today, we too receive that same call to follow Him, but many turn away refusing to take that invitation to eternal life . . . to heaven. Jesus says though many are called “few are chosen” for the gate that we enter heaven through is narrow. Don’t take it for granted that all will go to heaven. We have been given free will and Jesus respects that.
Second, the attendee who wasn’t properly dressed was thrown out into the darkness. If we accept the invitation to the feast we must be properly dressed, spiritually. As St. Paul advises in Colossians 3 “put on the garments of kindness, humility, patience, forbearance, charity and over all these put love.” In other words live a life of virtue.
This parable is a Wakeup Call - God is calling us to attend the heavenly banquet well prepared to enjoy the feast of eternal life. The way is narrow but it leads to that gate that opens to eternal life with the king.