Originally posted by JS357
A Request For Bible Interpretation
I have reason to be interested in how the two following passages might fit together. This is not asking for how each of them is to be separately read; I can find that elsewhere. It is how the one affects/is to be read in light of/means, in terms of the other. I ask for sincere replies. You don’t have to be an expert, but t ...[text shortened]... ed.  But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
Thanks to both. I promised to state my reason for this question so here it is in short.
This is from my father's NT, the "revised Challoner-Rheims version" published 1941. He passed away in 1979 so I can't ask him. One of my sisters pointed out the fact that he marked the two pages involved, and only those pages.
He put an asterisk by each parable, and a note by one, referring to the page number of the other.
Anything more I say will be interpretive; as much representing what I think this means, as what it might have meant to him. He was a man of duty and honor, having only achieved an 8th grade education because his family needed another wage earner. He was eventually a district manager of a regional grocery store chain, and after a reversal, build himself back up, for his own family of wife and 5 kids.
I imagine the reference to the man who forsook the "great supper" to be with his wife (a wife who, literarily, is placed in parallel with a farm and oxen) would have puzzled him. My dad demonstrated that he thought his dedication to his wife and family was his way of fulfilling a Christian duty.
Interestingly, a verse that closely follows this parable of the great supper is controversial -- which is evidenced by there being a footnote on the page. The footnote is part of the publication, not added by my dad or anyone else. I will repeat both here:
The verse: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple."
The footnote: "Hate:
i.e. love less. Jesus does not command us to have a feeling of hatred toward our relatives, but teaches that we should pay no attention to their requests if these are detrimental to our spiritual welfare."
My dad didn't mark this verse, perhaps because the footnote addressed the obvious difficulty he would have had; and clearly, that many have had with this verse.
My dad was devout and prayerful all his life, so whatever caused him to mark and connect the verses he did, didn't shake his faith.
Well, that was more than I intended to write, but there it is. Further thoughtful comments that do not turn this thread into something it is not, will be appreciated.