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Kel

Though "refusing to come" and "pa[ying] no attention" is a common rant of preachers re: this parable, let's choose instead to focus on a new(?) application: Jesus as the"man there who was not wearing wedding clothes." "What are you giving Jesus for a wedding present?" we could ask. Refusal? Ignorance (two-pronged meaning)? Pre-occupation--pun intended ("one to his field, another to his business")? That's bad enough but, truth be told, it's worse than that as far as we are concerned: like "[t]he rest," we seize his servants ("That nagging pastor!"), mistreat them and, worst of all, kill them--er, Him! (No pastoral exemptions here, so don't get so self-righteous, you worship-because-you-must/it's-your-job preachers!) It's bad enough that we wear the wedding garment made for Jesus but, horror of horrors, we stoop so low as to "[t]ie Him hand and foot, and throw Him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Talk about a monster/monstrous mash--er, bash! Yet, resurrected, He stoops lower than we to re-extend the invitation--again and again and again. High Way Robe-ery!

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