A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Then Jesus spoke to them again in parables,
“The kindom of God is like this: There was a ruler who prepared a feast for his heir’s wedding; but when he sent out workers to summon the guests who had been invited, they would not come. Then he sent other workers, telling them to say to the guests, ‘I have prepared this feast for you. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding.’ But they took no notice; one went off to his farm, another to her business, and the rest seized the workers, attacked them brutally, and killed them. The ruler was furious. He
dispatched troops, who destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. Then he said to the workers, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but the guests I invited did not deserve the honor. Go out to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find.’ The workers went out into the
streets, and collected everyone they met, good and bad alike, and the hall was filled with guests.
“When the ruler came in to see the company at table, however, he noticed one guest who was not dressed for a wedding. ‘My friend,’ said the ruler, ‘how do you come to be here without a wedding garment?’ But the guest was silent. Then the ruler said to the attendants, ‘Bind this
person hand and foot; throw this one out into the dark, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.’ ”
The Good News as spoken through Matthew.