Wednesday, May 16, 2012
St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Be Worthy of the Feast
But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man wasn't wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. "Friend," he asked, "how is it that you are here without wedding clothes? And the man had no reply."
A certain man in the Gospels went to a marriage feast. He put on unbecoming clothes, came in, sat down, and ate--for the bridegroom allowed it. However, when he saw everyone dressed in white, he should have found the same kind of clothes for himself. While he ate food like them, he wasn't like them in his fashion and purpose. ... [The master] saw a stranger who wasn't wearing wedding clothes and said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here? With what conscience? It wasn't because the doorkeeper didn't stop you, but because of the host's generosity. Were you ignorant of what clothes to wear to the banquet? You came in and saw the glittering style of the guests--shouldn't you have learned by what was right before your eyes? Shouldn't you have tactfully excused yourself so that you could come back again dressed appropriately?" ... So he commands the servants, "Bind his feet which have boldly intruded. Bind his hands which didn't know how to put on bright clothes. And cast him into the outer darkness, for he is unworthy of the wedding celebration." You see what happened to the man, so be worthy of the feast. --St. Cyril of Jerusalem