Wedding Invitation

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus spoke to them again by parables.

The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage for his son. He sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding, but they would not come.

He sent other servants.

The king (to these servants): Tell those who are bidden, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatted calves have been killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.”

But they made light of it and went their way, one to his farm and another to his merchandise. The rest took his servants and treated them spitefully and killed them.

When the king heard of it, he was angry. He sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.

The king (to his servants): The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. So go into the highways, and as many as you find, bid them come to the marriage.

So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

When the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment.

The king (to the man): Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?

The king (to the servants): Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For many are called, but few are chosen.