This is the last chapter in Matthew’s Gospel before the Passion of Jesus. It consists of two parables and the description of the final judgment. They are as three murals that fill the wall of a great hall. Your imagination will creatively continue the stories and the images before you.
If there is one word that gives unity to the three scenes, it is responsibility. Take the word in the sense of “being responsive.” The wise virgins, the persons with five and three talents, and those at the final judgment who were compassionate to the needy—each of these were responsive to the demands and the details of the presence of Jesus as Bridegroom, Master, and Son of Man.
Meditate on where you find yourself in each of these stories, noting the changes needed in your responsiveness—before it is too late.
What are these?
Oil for my inner lamp v. 4
Awakened to Your presence v. 13
My talents offered to You v. 14ff
Done for th’ least, doing for You v. 45
This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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