Lk 14: 15-24
A fellow guest with Jesus said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God”. He was referring to the Messianic banquet that “the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines…” (Is 25:6). Jesus uses the man’s comment to tell a parable that not everyone is going to enter the Kingdom and enjoy the banquet—only those who are worthy.
In the first invitation a man invited many people to a great dinner. They accepted the invitation and said they would attend. When it was fully prepared, his servants were sent to announce to the guests: “Come, everything is ready”. But they all began to excuse themselves and said they would not be able to attend: one purchased a field and had to examine it; another purchased five yoke of oxen and was going to evaluate them; another used the excuse that he was newly married. These flimsy reasons were unworthy excuses for so great an honor of being invited to the Messianic banquet issued by Jesus, the Messiah himself. The chosen invited guests disgraced themselves and insulted the Messiah by their refusal to attend—this is especially true since they had initially accepted the invitation. The banquet was prepared for them.
So the Master ordered his servants to invite others, since the original chosen ones refused to participate. The dinner is ready and the banquet hall must be filled. The many must be given the marvelous opportunity to partake of such a joyous sumptuous feast. So the Master sent his servants to go into the streets and alleys to bring the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame to share in the banquet of the Kingdom. These were Jewish outcasts. But even with these attending there was still room for more. So the Master ordered his servants to go to the country roads and highways and make those they see (the Gentiles) come in to the feast that God is offering through his Messiah. The spiritually rich food of the Word of God and Eucharistic Bread and Wine nourish the guests with eternal, heavenly Life. This is a spiritual meal from which none can afford to absent themselves! Those who foolishly refused to attend with such invalid excuses will be barred from participating in this once in a life-time opportunity. They allowed passing earthly things to come before the all-important eternal realities of the Kingdom. Thus they forfeited eternal life.