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One day, Jesus told a parable. (A parable is a story with a special meaning.) He said, “Once a man gave a big banquet. (A banquet is a big meal.) He invited many people to come to the banquet.
“The day of the banquet came. The man sent his servant to tell the people who were invited that the banquet was ready and they should come. The servant went all over town to talk to all the people who had been invited.
“Every person had an excuse. One said he had to watch over his new field. Another said he wanted to go see the animals he had just bought. A third had just gotten married and couldn’t come.
“None of the invited people would come to the banquet!
“When the servant told his master this, the man was angry. He told the servant to go out into the streets and alleys of the city. He said his servant should bring the poor, the hurt, the blind, and those who couldn’t walk.
“The servant did that, but there was still room for more people. When he told his master, the man said, ‘Then go to the highways and make the people come in! I want my house to be full! And none of those that I invited will eat this banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.’”

Have you ever gone to a banquet like the one in this story?
Why did the master send his servant out on the day of the banquet?
Did anyone come? Why or why not?
When the invited people didn’t come, who did?
God invites each of us to a banquet every Sunday. It is Holy Communion. We should not have excuses like, “I don’t want to get out of bed,” or “I want to stay home and watch TV.”
Do you come to God’s banquet or are you like of the invited guests who had excuses not to?