Reading: Matthew 22: 1-14
I attended a pig roast once at the farm of one of my summer colleagues. She had invited us all over to her family's annual event. We had a good time playing games and eating together. It was a nice way to spend a summer evening.
The funniest thing that happened that day, though, happened when I was standing in line, getting my food from the buffet table. I was scooping up some roasted pig when I heard one of my friends say, "My, these people sure know how to throw a party. I wonder who they are, anyway?" I started laughing, because of course, she knew the hosts and was an invited guest. The look on the faces of the strangers around us was priceless. They thought she was serious and had crashed the pig roast. ,
The master invited many to his wedding feast but they did not come. They had other obligations and commitments. So, the master told his servants to go out and get whoever they could to attend the feast. He wanted to share the event even with those he didn't know. This parable was put to music in a song we sing at camp. I think the final verse sums it us pretty well:
"Now God has written a lesson for the rest of mankind,
If we're slow in responding He will leave us behind
He's preparing a banquet for that great and glorious day
When the Lord and Master calls we can be certain not to say, I cannot come!"
Closing: Watch this video of the camp song, “The Wedding Banquet,” a musical version of this parable.
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