Jesus responded by telling still more stories. "God's kingdom,"
he said, "is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for
his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests.
And they wouldn't come!
"He sent out another round of servants, instructing them
to tell the guests, 'Look, everything is on the table, the prime
rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!'
"They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to
weed his garden, another to work in his shop. The rest, with
nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed
them. The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy
those thugs and level their city.
"Then he told his servants, 'We have a wedding banquet all
prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren't up to it.
Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone
you find to the banquet.' The servants went out on the streets
and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good,and bad, regardless.
And so the banquet was on-every place filled.
"When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted
a man who wasn't properly dressed. He said to him, 'Friend, how
dare you come in here looking like that!' The man was speechless.
Then the king told his servants, 'Get him out of here-fast. Tie
him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn't get back
"That's what I mean when I say, 'Many get invited; only
a few make it."'
For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these,
"It might have been!"
- John Greenleaf Whittier
"The ones I invited weren't up to it."
Where is the equivalent sadness in your life and what are you
doing about it?
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