First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10a
This passage describes the new Jerusalem as a heavenly banquet on the mountain with the Lord God wiping away all tears.
Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
In simple, direct words, Paul thanks the Philippians for alleviating his hardships. He stresses, though, that he is as accustomed to poverty as to abundance and finds all his strength in Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Once more speaking to the chief priests and the elders, Jesus relates the parable of the wedding banquet. A King, preparing a wedding banquet for his son, summons all the invited guests. When, after several invitations, no guests arrive, the King commands his servants to “go out into the byroads and invite anyone you come upon.” Again, Jesus warns the elders, “the invited are many, the elect are few.”