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I know I have already poured far too many words about Matthew 25 into cyberspace. But I want to make one last attempt to articulate what I think is going on in this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »
Many interpretations of the parable of “The Sheep and the Goats” emphasize the separation at the end of the parable.
In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus encourages his audience to enter into the flow of compassion initiated when we experience ourselves as recipients of the grace of God and start to live in the flow of that grace.
In reading Matthew 25:14-30, it would be less than honest not to admit that the story in this parable carries a serious warning.
Matthew 25:14-30 seems to tell a harsh story.
It is not uncommon for interpreters of Matthew 25:1-13 to focus on the fact that the five foolish young girls who failed to bring enough oil for their lamps were excluded from the wedding feast at the end of the story.
It might seem, having waded through the gloom and doom of Matthew 24 that when we get to chapter 25, the tone has changed.
I was asked recently for my reflections on the final section of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25.
In our second reading in worship yesterday, we read Paul’s challenging attack on those who he says
live as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Philippians 3:8)