16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “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.’
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
21 “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.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “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. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
Luke 14: 16-24
We all have our excuses. I have plenty to spare.
Too tired, too busy, too stressed, too committed, can’t be bothered.
I’m not paying attention to the generosity of the offer — all that is asked of me is to say “YES!” to the invitation. I may not be asked again if I turn it down the first time, so no more excuses.
Then I too will search those city streets, alley ways, roads and country lanes for there is still room. There is still room for all without excuse.
May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand. He prepares me with parable.