Month: January 2021

The parable of the wedding banquet – many are invited but few are chosen (Matthew 22:1 – 22:14)

Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again in parables. He told them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.Then he sent more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’But they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized the servants, mistreated them, and killed them.The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed the murderers and burned their city.Then

The parable of the landowner and the tenants (Matthew 21:33 – 21:46)

Jesus shared another parable with the Pharisees. “There was a landlord who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved away to another place.When harvest time drew near, he sent his servants to collect his share of the fruit from the tenants, but the tenants seized his servants. They beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.The landlord again sent servants to the tenants, more than he sent the first time. The tenants treated them the same way.Finally, the landlord sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he thought. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is

The parable of the two sons and God’s contempt for hypocrisy (Matthew 21:28 – 21:32)

After being challenged by the chief priests, Jesus told them a parable of two sons. He said, “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’‘I will not,’ he answered, but later regretted his response, changed his mind, and went into the vineyard to work as his father instructed.Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. The son answered, ‘I will, sir’ but he did not go.Which of these sons did what the father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them: “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you