11For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”12He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”The Parable of the Great Dinner
15One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”16Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’19Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’20Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’21So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’22And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’23Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.24For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’ ”The Cost of Discipleship
25Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them,26“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.27Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.