Friday, December 11, 2015

If you are too busy for Church, you are too busy

The Gospel tells a story of a great banquet. Many were invited, but very few actually attended using all sorts of excuses. One had just bought a new farm, one had just purchased five oxen, and another had just been married. Excuses, excuses, excuses! The invited guests begged to be excused from the banquet. As a result the master of the banquet not only excused them, he banned them for EVER attending even if they had changed their mind saying, “none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.” (Luke 14.24)

This parable is to teach us about the kingdom of God. We have all been invited. When Jesus Christ came two thousand years ago to establish His Church, we received word that the banquet was ready. It is now up to us to not only accept the invitation, but actually attend the banquet. The banquet is heaven and you have been invited. What will your response be?

Attending Church services, most especially the Divine Liturgy, is our opportunity to accept Christ’s invitation to join Him at the banquet. The Divine Liturgy is more than just a Sunday gathering of like-minded Christians. The Divine Liturgy is the banquet. The Divine Liturgy is heaven on earth and you have been invited to attend. Will you attend or will you make excuses like the three men in the parable? Some will attend while others will make excuses. You may have just bought a new house, or you may have paperwork for the business. You may even be expecting family from out of town. The parable is meant to teach how God will respond to us if we beg to be excused. He will excuse us, not just for now but ban us for later. If you believe the parable then you should know, if you are too busy for Church, you are too busy.

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