Today’s gospel reading relates parables Jesus told about the Kingdom of Heaven. When we say the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God, as you know we are not talking about where we go when we die. The Kingdom of Heaven is here and now.
In fact, this is the second of three Sundays when we hear these Kingdom parables. Last week the parables focused on the abundant and lavish love of the Kingdom. Next week well hear of the passion needed to enter fully into the Kingdom.
In today’s parable, Jesus asks us to think about our tendency to try to exclude and expel people we think are not as good as we think we are. It rounds out these three weeks of learning about the Kingdom of Heaven; that it is abundant, all-inclusive, and invites a passionate response.