Two men gossip about why nobody has seen Simeon lately? The suspected reason is that Simeon has leprosy. Malachi sticks up for his friend. Is he just being soft? The topic shifts to an expected visit from the Master. Discussion later turns to the meaning of dreams, and a strange one that has haunted the gossiping man, Ethan. He’s now determined to put on the feast at his own house… for his own advancement in importance.
Ethan even goes as far as inviting Simeon, the suspected leper. Not that he expects Simeon to appear, but that his absence will raise eye brows at the empty seat. A visit from one of the disciples hints at problems for Ethan. The Master will come to the feast… right?
The day of the feast approaches, and another strange dream is told. What importance does the omen hold for Ethan? He shares his plan for political posturing with his wife. Will Ethan’s anger, and plans for personal gain keep the Master away? Who could refuse the lavish feast he has prepared?
Has he been betrayed by Malachi? Was it in hostility that he put on his own feast for the Master. The dreams suddenly make their meaning known for Ethan. If the Master comes to any who invite him, why hasn’t he come to Ethan? If he comes to your door, what does it mean when there’s no door handle on the outside? A lesson of proper attitude is learns.