We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Could one of you good persons please explain this parable in more detail because it seems the man cast out was invited to something that he originally had no intention of going to and then was accused of not being properly dressed and then was abused. So I feel I am missing something. Thank you
Unfortunately most translations make this passage more obscure than it needs to be.
The context is Jesus' criticisms of the Pharisees, one of the most important elements being their collaboration with the occupying powers (ie in practice they allow Caesar to be Lord, not God) - see one of the verses following when they try to trap Jesus and take along some Herodians for company.
In brief: the King in the story is Herod (not God) who actually tried to legitimise himself through a political marriage, which got opposed by various Jewish forces. This would have been an obvious subtext for Jesus' listeners (in the same way that mentioning 'September 11' today means much more than simply a date). More crucially, the man not wearing the wedding clothes is Jesus - the bit translated 'And he was speechless' is referring to the King, not the improperly clothed man, and is picking up Isaiah 52.15, a Messianic prophecy. Wearing the clothes is symbolic of accepting the legitimacy of the person hosting the wedding, ie the Pharisees cooperating, in Vichy style, with the Herodian regime. Jesus refuses to do that, and ends up being 'bound hand and foot' etc.
I think the message is to get properly dressed for church! No jeans!
Actually, I am no expert, but I think the parable is about being ready and prepared, with a cleansed soul, for whatever God has planned.