I've been been away from the official lectionary for a awhile as we journeyed through the Season of Creation in my congregation.
So it is a bit of a shock to jump back into Matthew this week. The pleasant comic to your left (which came, by the way from this delightful site) notwithstanding, the parable in this week's gospel reading isn't much of soothing bedtime story. In fact, on a first quick read it can sound more like the nightly news headlines than the good news: "Murder!" "Angry King Punishes Guests!" "Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth at 11!" Scary stuff.
Maybe that scary stuff, though, is more consequence than punishment. Christ is calling us to new life, right here and now. There's no time for business as usual, for showing up wearing our same old stuff. All THAT gets us, is the pain that comes when we're separated from God and the new life Christ wants for us. Are you ready to be called? Chosen? Both?
How will you preach the good news this week? Maybe, you are walking with Paul through Philippians instead. Or, are you continuing a series on Exodus? Or, something else all together? Comment away!