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Matthew 22:14

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"Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
(Mat 25:13)

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

Mat 25:1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
Mat 25:3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
Mat 25:4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.
Mat 25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
Mat 25:7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
Mat 25:9 But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'
Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.'
Mat 25:12 But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.'
Mat 25:13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

[Mat 25:1] (vv. 1-13) The initial parable employs the pageantry of an Oriental wedding. Several observations will aid in the understanding of the parable. Eastern weddings were set for a given day, but Orientals have never been as bound by precision of starting or ending times as are those in western culture. The bridal party was to be ready. Sometime after sundown, members of the groom's party, bearing lamps on poles, would depart from the home of the groom and proceed through the streets in a gala procession. They would join with the bridal party, and the two would wind back through the village to the place designated for the ceremony and the wedding feast. The ten virgins of the parable are part of the bridal party. Five realize that a time lapse could occur and come prepared for any exigency. Five are foolish (morai, Gk.) and consequently unprepared. The application by Jesus is that men must continuously be prepared and watching if they wish to enter the kingdom when the King comes (v. 13).

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Readings for the week of November 19th
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
First: Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18
Psalm 90: 1-12
Second: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 25: 14-30

 

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