Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 15-OCT-2017 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon – Length 18:46




Pentecost 19 – The gospel reading for the day, taken from Matthew's gospel, is a retelling of a parable of Jesus in which the kingdom of heaven is likened to a royal wedding banquet to which everyone was invited with generous impartiality. The same parable is recorded in Mark's gospel, in a slightly different form. Mark's banquet host was annoyed when people declined his invitation, but Matthew's banquet host, a king, was furious. It seems that Matthew's aim was to urge his readers to follow the example of Jesus, to do his Father's will and not ignore God's graceful invitation. More is required than simply hearing about God's grace; we need to respond with gratitude, and to live with one another graciously, generously and inclusively.
Matthew 22: 1-14