Jesus was saying some things that were so amazing, the group was left speechless. Maybe they couldn’t believe they were hearing words that would have been so blasphemous to their ears!
In today’s Gospel text, we hear about Jesus going to Matthew’s house and there he gets confronted – attacked, really – by some pharisees. It’s early on in His public ministry. The pharisees are embroiled in the typical political and religious squabbles of their time. We can imagine Jesus thinking to himself, “Can’t we talk about this in a different way?”
Then He says something that really does take the conversation in a very different direction that must have really stunned them … Jesus talks of the bridegroom being with his attendants. Nice poetic imagery to change the nasty tone of the conversation!
They knew very well all sorts of texts in the Old Testament that talk of God’s relationship with his people Israel: God is the Bridegroom and the people, His bride. Early on in his ministry, Jesus is unmistakably identifying himself as the divine bridegroom – God himself! It really was a game changer that took what was going on to another level. It will lead to His death through which we will find life!
That day a truth was proclaimed that God has been shouting out to us time after time. We are the bride! His chosen people are His beloved, The Church, and in her, us!
God is madly in love with you! Let that sink deeply into your heart. It’s the greatest game changer. It’s what we need to know now at this confusing time of the pandemic.
God’s love is all around us. Let’s pick up the Cross of love and carry it with Jesus and with one another – especially to those most in need!
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About Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.
Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!