Peter Fitch examines the parable of the Wedding Banquet from Matthew 22. It seems harsh at first reading. Peter wonders whether historical context played a role in this. Then he looks at it through the eyes of Peter Rollins, who sees in it an invitation to a new community without hierarchical divisions based on ethnicity, economics, or gender. Finally, Peter Fitch wonders about this parable as an invitation to come to the table with all that we have, embracing the rich and important moments of life.
Jessica Williams spoke this morning from her recently finished MA thesis entitled “Kenotic Love and the Soul’s Transformation.” She shared teachings that have touched her life from St. Macrina the Younger, from 4th century Cappadocia, and some similar ideas from 20th century Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. It is a beautiful talk. It will help people believe that the best way to reveal the true self is through acceptance and generosity rather than through constant wallowing in a sense of shame.
Peter Fitch used songs from various bands and choirs as icons for us to remember our need to fix ourselves and our broken societies, the blend of human giftedness and divine need, how important it is to stand against hate crimes afflicting Asian people, our indebtedness to healthcare workers, and the glory of Easter. His talk focused on St. Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1, that we would know the hope of Christ’s calling, the riches of His inheritance, and the surpassing power that is available to us to grow in life and to stand for just causes. The last part of the talk comes from St. Julian of Norwich who believes that we would be changed forever if we could see the joy in Christ’s face and His love for us.