Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 25:1-13
Updated: Nov 9, 2020
On this Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, we will reflect on the parable of the ten bridesmaids: five foolish and five wise. In this parable, Jesus is teaching his listeners about the patience and hope that is an integral part of living in the waiting time until he returns. We are encouraged to know that God is faithful and continues to act in the world, yet as we wait, we must live in the world as children of God...doing God's good works, yet relying on God's mighty presence and power.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Scripture passage may be found by following this link: (Matthew 25:1-13).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
As you read the Scripture lesson of the ten bridesmaids, reflect on the possible perspective of each of the following in the story: the bridegroom; a "wise" bridesmaid; a "foolish" bridesmaid.
What hope might listeners of this parable find in their waiting for their Lord?
After reading both the "WHAT..." and "WHERE..." paragraphs in the guide below, think of what it means to you that Christians live in the hope of the return of Christ, but are encouraged to actively practice their faith in the world.
After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect how you might establish a relationship with God, so that you may know the promise of hope that is particular to your relationship with Christ.
Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph and consider the second sentence's statement, "There is a timeliness of faith and love." And reflect how this statement might impact someone's desire to live an active life of faith and witness to Christ's love.