if you want to experience what he meant
saying - 64; get ready for diner!
latest update: 21-01-2018
A man had received visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant
to invite guests. He went to the first one and said to him, "My master invites you.' He said,
'I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and
give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said, 'My master has invited you.' He said to him, 'I have just bought
a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'My friend is
going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet. I shall not
be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'I have just bought
a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused.'
The servant returned and said to his master, 'Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked
to be excused.' The master said to his servant, 'Go outside to the streets and bring back
those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine.'
In line with other parables, the man who had visitors is probably to whom the kingdom is
compared – as the story unfolds. The four persons who turned down the invitation may symbolize
four affairs that keep people busy: the first has some claims over other people, and as these were merchants it is suggested that the affair had some financial importance; power may be symbolized
here. The second guest bought a house, and here material property may be symbolized.
The third case may reflect family affairs, and the last case may hint at financial gain.
Together these four cases together may point at those things people pursue in their lives,
and to which they totally devote their complete existence on. The ones with power, property,
strong social ties, or the money makers are unlikely to accept the invitation to seek the kingdom,
whereas sustaining these things are often used as excuses to be unable to do anything else.
The kingdom is not something automatically to be shared with one’s friends or family,
or those with wealth, which in ancient Judaism was taken as a personal blessing by God.
Judaism proclaimed that the God of the Covenant ultimately takes care of all Jews as a people,
whereas Jesus is trying to make clear that redemption is not something automatically and
collectively to be won. Would he have lived today, he might have hinted at church membership
as also not provisional of such guarantee. Those who suspected what Jesus meant were
likely not charmed at all by the content of his message!
The ones outside on the streets in the parable were likely the beggars, paupers and destitute
who had nothing, and therefore nothing to cling to that would avert them from attending
the diner. There is no hint at all in this saying that the rich and powerful would refer to
the 'lost house of Israel', and those outside on the streets, to the gentiles.
Dinner time must have been an important moment for hungry, begging wanderers,
and the theme of a dinner, therefore, serves to underscore the importance of the message,
especially when teachings would have taken place around diner as a communal moment
(Mack BA, 2006). Everybody who ever attended a traditional Buddhist ceremony will
certainly have tasted the flavor of the significance attendants adhere to such gatherings.
As a seeker you should stop coveting or clinging to 'things of the world'
so they no longer hinder you in your seeking, which ultimately implies
a total overhaul of all one’s ideas, certainties, expectations strivings….etc.
In short: a total existential makeover!
Matthew 22:2-10; Luke 14:16-24.