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

The story is told of a pig and a chicken who are walking past a church one Sunday morning …

Says the chicken to the pig, “You know, over the years, those people in there have been very nice to us. I think we ought to do something nice for them.” The pig replies, “Good idea, what do you have in mind?”

“I think we ought to have a big banquet,” says the chicken. “I’m all for that,” says the pig, “But what shall we serve them to eat?”

“Bacon and eggs,” says the chicken. “Not on your life,” says the pig. “For you, that’s just a contribution. For me, it’s a total commitment.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, we have the familiar parable of Jesus in which a king prepares a big wedding feast for his son. He sends out invitations but not one of the invitees will commit themselves to attend. All of the invitations are turned down. Consequently, the king instructs his servants…

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