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Matthew 22:1-14 Commentary
by Greg Carey
Matthew is especially rich in parables featuring final judgment imagery.
Where Mark never mentions weeping and gnashing of teeth, and Luke does so only once, Matthew does on six occasions, including this parable. Along with the wedding banquet, Matthew includes the parables of the weeds and the wheat (13:24-30), the good and the bad fish (13:47-50), unforgiving servant (18:23-35), the tenants (21:33-46), the faithful and the unfaithful slave (24:45-51), the bridesmaids (25:1-13), the talents (25:14-30), and the last judgment (25:31-46).
In Year 1 of the Narrative Lectionary the five Sundays of Lent feature four of these parables. Lent is a season of opportunity. And lost opportunity can be a terrible thing.
An element of surprise
Matthew’s judgment imagery massively outweighs that of the other Gospels, but it comes with a twist: a frequent, but not universal, element of surprise. In the parable of the talents, how can slaves know whether to invest or to bury? What “wisdom” distinguishes the bridesmaid who brings extra oil -- but doesn’t ...
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NL Podcast 355: Wedding Banquet
March 24, 2019
Podcast on Matthew 22:1-14, the Narrative Lectionary readings for March 24, 2019 (Wedding Banquet) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.