… “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?” For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:12, 14
The garments of our lives are stained by the sins we are guilty of. Our thoughts, words, and deeds that are not of God’s will taint us from holiness and purity. Thus, none of us are worthy to attend the eternal celebration of the Lamb and his bride. Yet, through grace and mercy, the blood of Jesus is there for us to wash our life garments making us worthy to be counted among the number of saints. The blood makes us pure through repentance to live in holiness today and forever in the world beyond.
Like the unfortunate guest in the text, we try to enter into the great feast wearing something else. We try to wear substitutes for being genuine and repentant. At our fanciest, we may parade our abilities or wealth to hide the double lives we lead. We practice ritual and good deeds without living the personal good that make these things complete. We even walk in our filthy clothing as if they are clean because no one challenges us to live better and we take no heed when someone does. None of these are substitutes for spiritual living. The Kingdom of God calls all to come in. But, God (not man) does judge us and has every right and power not to let us in.
Let us be careful to live in repentance and spirit. Casting aside all sins that hinder us from reaching the place of glory. Making no provisions for the lust of our flesh. Diligently seeking his will for our lives. A great celebration awaits all who are properly clothed in his righteousness.
Your Brother in Christ,
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene