No Excuses!

For many are called, but few are chosen

Matthew 22:14
Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalms 23:1-6; Philippians 4:12-14,19-20; Matthew 22:1-14

In today’s Gospel Lesson Jesus tells the familiar parable of the king who prepared a big wedding banquet for his son, but when the time arrived to begin the feast, not one of the invited guests was present. The indignant king then ordered his servants to go out into the streets and invite everyone they could find to the banquet. This they did until they had “the wedding hall filled with guests” (Mt. 22:10). Like all the parables, we are able to enter into this one to the extent that we can relate to the original audience. We are able to appreciate the lesson to the extent that the story takes shape in our minds in the same way as it did in theirs. We must understand what the story meant to the listeners in Jesus’ day so that we may know what it means to us too.

Scripture scholars tell us that there are certain nuances present in today’s parable which clearly suggest…

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