Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests,
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
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Those who God invited to the feast aren’t coming. They refused his invitation, so they refuse him. So now he invites the poor and lowly. In other words, the people considered “unworthy” of the feast are the ones who get to go. It might seem unfair, but they were the ones who accept the invitation. At the end of this Sunday’s Gospel, you’ll notice that the guest who wasn’t wearing a wedding garment couldn’t enter. During Jesus’ time, everyone who attended a wedding banquet was given a garment that they had to wear. Because a guest chose not to wear his garment, he couldn’t join the feast. The Lord invites all of us to come to his table, but when we accept the invitation, we agree to follow the rules. He has a place for all of us in Heaven, but if we want to go, we have to keep his commandments.
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