- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Matthew 25
At Jerusalem— Signs of the end of the age.
Three parables in chapter 25 are connected to Jesus’ teaching on the end of time in chapter 24
The parable of the ten virgins (1-13) — The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins. Two groups of brides demonstrate the consequenc3e of being ready or not ready for Jesus,’ the bridegroom, return. The parable encourages disciple to be ready. The future tense, “will be like,” focuses on the future establishment of the kingdom of heaven.
The parable of the talents (14-30) — this parable uses allegory. Jesus is the man. Disciples are servants. His property is the mission of God’s kingdom. The servants carry out their mission. The long time is the present. Man’s coming is Jesus’ return. God’ judgement will be done to three servants, either reward or punishment. The message of this parable is also readiness.
The parable of the sheep and the goats (31-46) — The message of this parable is judgement that will be taken place at Jesus’ return. This parable shows disciples the basis for the vindication and condemnation that will take place. “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life,” (v46) is a call to faithfulness. It upholds God’s justice, at the same time, it is at odds with God’s mercy and with the acknowledgement of God’s covenant. It requires to listen holistically to what the message says.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.