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have not chosen me. I have chosen you, and appointed you to produce
good fruit from the lives that you live, fruit that will last.
A man had two
sons. He said to the elder: "Son, go and work today in my vineyard."
not," the son replied; but later he experienced a change of
heart, and went to the fields to work.
Then the father
said to the younger son: "Go into the fields as well."
he answered: "I will." But he remained at home, and ignored
his father's words. Which of these two sons fulfilled their father's
Why do you call
me good, unless you believe I am God? You know the commandments:
Do not commit adultery; Do not kill; Do not steal; Do not bear false
witness; Honour your father and your mother. Doing this, you will
have treasures in heaven. And yet, you fall short by honouring me
with your words alone, and not using everything -- your wealth,
your possessions, and your life -- to help those in need.
If you wish
to follow me, you must first put aside your own desires and your
self-centered ways. Sacrifice your pride and follow me. For those
who desire eternal life must put aside their old way of life. All
who do this for my sake will discover new life -- both here on earth
as well as in heaven.
Once there was
a king who planned the wedding of his son. When all was ready, he
sent forth his servants to the provinces of his kingdom, to summon
those invited to the wedding. Incredibly, the guests refused to
king sent out his servants a second time, saying: "Tell those
invited to the wedding, I have prepared a great feast. My oxen and
best calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come
to the wedding."
But again the
subjects made light of the king’s invitation and returned
to their work, some to their farms, others to their shops. Some
remained behind, and these took hold of the king's servants and
beat them to death.
When the king
learned of what had happened, he was enraged. He sent his palace
soldiers into the provinces, and they caught the murderers, executed
them, and burned their houses to the ground.
Then the King
turned to his servant. "The wedding is ready,” he said,
“but those who were invited were not worthy to attend. Go
then, to those whom you meet on street corners and highways, and
invite them in to the wedding."
did as the king commanded them. They went to the street corners
of the city, and out along the highways, and invited everyone they
encountered, both the good and the bad, until the wedding hall was
filled with guests.
the king was greatly displeased to see one at the table eating without
the wedding garment that had been provided. He asked: "How
is it that you came in to the feast without your wedding garment?"
But the man could give no excuse.
Then the king
said to his servants: "Bind this man and have him removed."
I add this to
this story: many are called -- into the kingdom -- but few are chosen.
The time has come. The kingdom of God is near at hand. I have called
you from the world's way of living. Repent, put on the garments
of salvation, and believe this good news.
No one can come
to me unless the Father, who has sent me, draws him; and I will
raise up that person on the last day. All of you whom the Father
has given me will come to me: and whoever comes to me, I will never
Because I have
told you such things, do you believe? Truly, you will witness even
greater things than these.
through the narrow gate; for wide is the path, and broad is the
way, that leads to destruction, and many go that way. But narrow
is the gate and the path, which leads to life, and there are few
that find it. Make every effort to go through the gate that leads
to life. One day, many will want to exchange their way for the right
way, and find it to be too late.