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Be Worthy

Cyril of Jerusalem | March 17

And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. —Matthew 22:12

“When he saw everyone dressed in white, he should have found the same kind of clothes for himself.”

A certain man in the Gospels went to a marriage feast 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. And although the bridegroom was generous, he wasn’t stupid. As he went around to each of the guests and observed them, he didn’t care about their eating, but about their refined behavior. He 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 that man, so be worthy of the feast.

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