Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Food For Thought:
The Parable of the Great Banquet or the Wedding Feast is a parable told by Jesus in the New Testament. It can be found in Matthew 22:1-14 and Luke 14:15-24. This is one of those passages of Scripture that is difficult to hear, especially the last part when it says, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” It reminds us that the call of being a Christian is difficult. It calls us beyond ourselves to reach out those we wouldn’t normally reach out to. It calls us to take risks. It calls us to be vulnerable, to open ourselves up to hurt. It calls us to not classify people in boxes. This is why I believe that many are called and few are chosen. Hear those words today as a powerful reminder that the task of being a Christian is not an easy one.
Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome, not only in our concern for others, but by serving them generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.