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Nov 14th, 2017 by Webminister

Reflection: November 12

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 — The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

         What to say about this odd parable from Matthew. I’ve never liked it because I’ve never been sure what it is trying to say. What is Matthew on about with the wise and foolish attendants? After all, the issue isn’t watchfulness, as Matthew implied, for they all slept, wise and foolish together. Perhaps, the issue is about being prepared. Not all brought enough oil.

         The parable comes at the end of Matthew’s Gospel; Jesus has entered Jerusalem, driven the money changers out of the Temple precincts, and offered three final parables. Today’s parable of the wise and foolish wedding attendants is the first; the parable of the huge sum of money, which comes next week, is the second. And the third parable is the parable of the sheep and the goats. All of these parables seem to have one thing in common: being prepared for the end of time.

The end of time isn’t of much interest to us; well, maybe a few of us have been heard to utter prayers like, “Dear God, may the foolishness of the time in which we live come to an end!” But from a religious perspective, the end of time isn’t of much interest to liberal or progressive Christians; the end of time is of interest to fundamentalist Christians and that causes a number of problems like Zionism in modern-day Israel and religious violence and judgement, intolerance and sectarianism.

I think the end of time was of interest to »»

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