Everything is ready

Jesus began to speak to the people and again he taught them by means of analogies.

“The kingdom of heaven,” he said, “is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. Then, when the banquet was ready, he sent out members of his staff to notify the people who had been invited. But they refused to come!

“So he sent some more members of his staff to the people saying: ‘The banquet has been prepared. The oxen and the fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’

“But the guests that the king had invited ignored them and went their own way – one to his farm and another to his business. Others seized the messengers, ill-treated them and then killed them.

“The king was furious and sent a detachment of his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town.

“Then he said to his staff: ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but the guests I invited have proved themselves unworthy. Now go to the street corners and invite everyone there that you find.’ So his staff went out into the streets and brought back everyone they found, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came into the hall to greet the guests, he saw a man there who was improperly dressed for a wedding. ‘Excuse me,’ said the king, ‘but how did you manage to get in here without wearing suitable wedding clothes?’ The man couldn’t explain, so the king said to his courtiers, ‘Bind this man hand and foot, and throw him out into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew

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