“Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.” Matthew 25:1-2
We’re starting Matthew chapter 25 and will be reading through it for the next three weeks. Three parables about the kingdom of heaven with special emphasis on final judgement and the end times. My first thought was how in the world does this passage speak to the election that will have happened by the time you read this? Bridesmaids who run out of oil and are shut out from the party doesn’t exactly seem relevant. Although we will be waiting for results to the election and the wait may be longer than anyone wants it to be. But the story isn’t about something as banal as politics. This is a story about our ultimate hope, the coming of a messiah. It’s the promise of one who will finally bring wholeness and healing to our world, something no president can do. That’s something worth waiting for. How do we wait for a messiah? What does it mean to live our lives as if Jesus’ return were today? That’s a question worth pondering.