This morning, we are guided through the Parable of the Wedding Feast. With the tale of a King and his wedding guests, Jesus speaks to the importance of expectations and acceptance.  

“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding for his son.” 

On two separate occasions, the king sends out invitations, yet each is met with refusal. In response, the king says, “The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.”  

Soon, the hall was filled with guests. However, to the king’s dismay, one man arrives dressed inappropriately. After demanding that the man leave, he announces, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”  

Through these closing words, today’s Gospel serves as a reminder: To accept Jesus’ invitation to the Kingdom of Heaven is also to accept his faithful expectations.  

How might we respond to Jesus’ expectations? There are many ways one might choose to put them into action. We’ve been witness to this at CMMB—witness to the program leaders who deliver the promise of health to entire communities, the expert health volunteers who support them, and the compassionate people like you, who give selflessly to share health and healing to the most underserved.  

Thank you for living Jesus’ expectations with compassion.