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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
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He traveled through towns and villages teaching
and making a journey to Jerusalem.
Someone said to him, "Lord, are only a few being saved?"

He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow door,
because many, I tell you, will try to enter
and will not be able to.
As soon as the master of the house rises and shuts the door,
you will begin to stand outside and knock on the door,
saying, 'Lord, open for us,'
and he will answer you, 'I don't know where you are from.'
Then you will begin to say, 'We ate before you and drank,
and in our streets you taught;'
and he will say to you, 'I don't know where you are from;
keep away from me, all you workers of injustice.'

"There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth,
when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets
in the sovereignty of God, but you are outside thrown out.
They will come from east and west and from north and south,
and they will recline in the sovereignty of God.
There are last ones who will be first,
and there are first ones who will be last."

In the same hour some Pharisees approached saying to him,
"Go out and leave here, because Herod wishes to kill you."

He said to them, "Go tell that fox:
look, I expel demons and perform cures today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I am perfected.
Nevertheless today and tomorrow and on the following day
I must travel,
for it is not permitted
for a prophet to die outside of Jerusalem."

As he went into the home of one of the Pharisees' leaders
on a Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching him closely.
A certain person in front of him had edema.

Jesus answered the lawyers and Pharisees saying,
"Is it permitted to heal on the Sabbath or not?"

But they were silent.
Taking hold of him he cured him and let him go.

To them he said, "Which of you
if your son or ox falls into a pit,
would not also immediately pull him up on a Sabbath day?"

They could not reply to this.

He told a parable to the ones invited,
noticing how they selected the best seats:
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding,
do not sit in the best seat,
lest someone more honored than you be invited by him;
and when he comes, the one who invited you
will say to you, 'Give this one a place,'
and then you will begin with shame to take the last place.
But when you are invited, go sit in the last place,
so that when the one who invited you comes,
he will say to you, 'Friend, go up higher;'
then you will be praised
before all the ones sitting with you.
For whoever exalts oneself will be humbled,
and whoever humbles oneself will be exalted."

He also said to the one who invited him,
"When you give a luncheon or dinner,
do not call your friends nor your brothers
nor your relatives nor wealthy neighbors,
lest they also invite you in return
and it becomes repayment to you.
But when you give a banquet,
invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind;
and you will be blessed,
because they have nothing to repay you;
for it will be repaid to you
in the resurrection of the just."

Having heard this, one of those sitting with them
said to him, "Blessed is the one
who will eat bread in the sovereignty of God."

He said to him,
"A certain person gave a great dinner and invited many,
and he sent his servant at the hour of the dinner
to say to those invited, 'Come, for it is already prepared.'
Yet they all began to decline, one after another.

"The first said to him, 'I bought a farm,
and I must go out to see it; I will have no time.
I ask you, let me be excused.'

"Another said, 'I bought five yoke of oxen,
and I am going to try them out;
I ask you, let me be excused.'

"Another said, 'I married a woman,
and for this reason I can't come.'
Coming back the servant reported these things to his lord.

"Then getting angry the master of the house
said to his servant,
'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city,
and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'

"The servant said, 'Lord, what you ordered has occurred,
and there is still room.'

"So the Lord said to the servant,
'Go out to the roads and hedges and have them come in,
so that they may dine and my house may be filled;
for I tell you
that none of those invited will taste my dinner.'"

60. About Banquets Harmony 60 * Interpretation 60
61. Advice to Disciples Harmony 61 * Synthesis 61 * Interpretation 61

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