God is reminding us of the invitation God is always sending to us -- "come to me!" Today's Scripture readings are in my friend, Isaiah (55:6-9) and in Matthew 22 (the wedding invitation(s) and feast). Isaiah is reminding us to "seek the Lord," "call on him while he is near." (v. 6) He is also reminding us, in verse 8 how God's "thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." A good reminder as we look at the invitations sent in Matthew 22.
The guests have gotten the "save the date" invitation -- only they didn't save the date, didn't want to go and were not very nice to the servants who came to remind them. So the invitation is sent "to the streets" (v. 9) and issued to any and all to come. Everyone is now invited, brought "all the people they could find" (v. 10) until the hall is filled with guests. Everyone is excited about the wedding but one person hasn't quite followed the invitation -- is not "wearing wedding clothes." He is also kind of tongue tied when asked about it. This person is "thrown out into the darkness" (v. 13) because "many are invited, but few are chosen" (v. 14). Which, for me at least, brings us back to Isaiah -- "my ways are not your ways" (55:8) because I would have at least given time to answer.
What do we do with the invitation God is giving us? "Come to me," "seek me," "call on me" is all there in the readings today. Are we coming? Are we seeking? Are we spending time, during this Lenten season to "stay focused on Christ"? There are so many different ways to seek, and find, God today! My prayer is you are seeking, finding and staying focused on Christ.