Jesus said, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-46 Love is at the same time the most discussed topic in history, and the most misunderstood topic in history. Some of you may remember the movie, “Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s a tale of love between two young people who fall in love, get married, and then have to face the tragedy of her death. The one memorable line from the story was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Jesus said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. When I was in Malawi, I often had to deal with the exchange rate of US Dollars to Malawian Kwacha. The name of their currency comes from a word that means, “It has dawned,” and that is in response the crow of the rooster. As most of you know, roosters start crowing just before dawn, and crow all day just for fun. The One Kwacha coin from 1992 features a rooster on one side. I have a couple of coins from 2004 that show some bird of prey descending with the claws open ready to grab a morsel of food. As for the exchange rate, it takes over 700 Kwacha to make one US Dollar.
For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:1-14 The last part of this Gospel reading reminds me of a movie from 2005, “Wedding Crashers”. I never saw that movie, but that reminds me of a time when I crashed a wedding, but it was for a different reason. While those crashers were looking for love, I was looking for free food. This happened at a hotel where my parents and I were on vacation, and it seemed like a good thing to do at the time. But like many things I thought when I was a teenager, it was dumb. I got tossed out of there pretty quickly, because it was obvious from my clothing that I did not belong there. My jeans and T shirt just didn’t fit in with the nice dresses and the suits. The parable we heard today involves a wedding crasher. He wasn’t dressed properly either, and he got tossed out, too. The moral of the story goes beyond proper clothing, though, as it involves the proper preparation.