Yeshua says: A certain man prepared a dinner party.
When all was ready, he sent his servant,
to invite the guests.

The servant came to the first one and said:
‘My master invites you to his dinner.’
But this one replied: ‘I have business with some merchants
who are coming this evening.
I must give them instructions.
Please excuse me from the dinner.’

The servant came to another and said:
‘My master invites you to his dinner.’
This one replied: ‘I have just bought a house,
and must spend the day there.
I do not have time to come to your master’s dinner.’

The servant came to another and said:
‘My master invites you to his dinner.’
This one replied: ‘My friend is getting married,
and I must prepare the banquet.
I will not be able to come.
Please excuse me from the dinner.’

The servant came to another and said:
‘My master invites you to his dinner.’
This one replied: ‘I have just bought an estate.
I must go and collect the rent,
so am unable to come.
I must be excused.’

The servant returned to his master and reported:
‘Those whom you invited to the dinner have
all asked to be excused.’

The master said: ‘Then go out into the streets.
Bring back anyone you find,
so they may dine with me.
Those who are too busy with their own affairs
will not enter the place of my Father.’

(Matthew 22:1-14)

What I really want is to “enter the place of my Father.” But I spend so much time preoccupied with other matters that I often fail to hear life’s invitation to open to this deeper reality.

There are so many legitimate distractions. I have so many responsibilities to which I must attend, so many important activities with which my life is filled.

What I need to see in this parable is that, although I may fail to receive the invitation again and again, “the master” is tenacious. “The master” never gives up, never stops inviting. The call to go deeper and to heed the inner voice of love is never silenced no matter how many times it is ignored.

As soon as I hear even the faintest whisper of the “master’s” call, my heart opens a little to this deeper dimension of life. There is nothing I need to do. I need only to hear the voice of love inviting me in. The voice itself provides the motivation and the means for me to enter the banqueting hall. The more I listen to the call, the more deeply I find myself engaged in the feast of love.

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Today I will watch for distractions and instead of allowing the distractions to fill my life, I will seek to listen more deeply and hear the invitation of “the master” to “enter the place of my Father’s dwelling.”