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The Parable of the Great Feast

Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

Luke 14:16-24

This is a stunningly simple parable which is actually a strong warning of how easy it is to let things slide. Of course there will always be things that need to be attended to, of course things need to be prioritised or even the unexpected crops up. There is a darker side to the parable in that we never know when it might be too late to take advantage of what is being offered. Our Lord and God is offering us eternal salvation, all we have to do is accept and believe.

Prayer: Our God and Father in Heaven, help us to realise the Good News You are offering through your Son. Help us to keep things in perspective, help us to trust and obey Your Word.

Action: Watch out for the little, or even big things, that can come between you and God. In our increasingly busy and complex lives it can be too easy to let Our Lord take a back seat. Take time and listen to what is being offered to you.


This Thought was written by Norman Dyer