a king arranged a marriage for his son. He sent forth his servants to invite those that were chosen to the wedding. But the guests would not come. He sent forth more servants, saying:
“Tell those who are bidden that I have had the dinner prepared. My oxen and fatted calves have been slaughtered, and all things are ready. Bid them come to the marriage feast.”
But those he had invited made light of it, and some went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise. Those who remained took his servants, treated them spitefully, and slew them.
When the king heard of this, he was furious. He sent forth his armies, and destroyed the murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants: “The wedding feast is ready, but those I invited were not worthy. Therefore, go out to the highways, and invite everyone you find to the wedding.
His servants went out to the highways, and gathered together all that they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was furnished with guests. When the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man among them who was not dressed for a wedding.
“Friend, why did you come here so poorly dressed for a wedding?” asked the king.
The man was speechless. The king called his servants to bind the man hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, where there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The moral of the story is that the chosen people have ignored the call, and the kingdom of heaven on earth shall be open to whoever hears the call, but though many are called, only the few who are virtuous are chosen to remain in the kingdom.