The Great Party (Luke 14:15-24)

A rich man decided to have a fantastic party at his mansion and invited many guests. When the day came he sent his son to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come on over, the party is ready to start.’ But the guests all began to make excuses.

One said, ‘I have just bought a new house, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

Another said, ‘I have just bought a new car, and I’m on my way to drive it for the first time. So sorry. Maybe next time?’

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

The son reported back to his father, who became angry and ordered his son, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city centre and bring in the poor, the mentally unhinged, the old and the disabled.’

‘Father,’ his son said, ‘I’d thought of that already, but there is still room for more guests and we’ve got way too much food and drink.’

Then the father told his son, ‘Go to the homeless hostels, drug addiction centres and brothels and persuade the people there to come, so that my house will be full. That’ll show those who were invited originally! None of them will even get the smallest taste of anything at my party.’

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