The odd nature of this parable invites us to dig deeper, not into what we think it says, but into what we already know about Jesus’s mission.
And into a life of love and trust
Proper 27A | Matthew 25:1-13
Let’s reset the scene. Jesus was at the Temple. It’s what we know as Holy Week. They are about to prepare for the Passover. While Jesus is awaiting his final trial.
The disciples have watched as all of these different leaders—chief priests and scribes, Pharisees and their disciples, and the Sadducees each have confronted Jesus, trying to trick him into incriminating himself. And each time, Jesus has not only slipped out of their trap, but found ways to turn it around on them.
The whole event has an odd flavor to it. Like we’re not supposed to know exactly how to feel about it all. Because it doesn’t seem like Jesus likes any of this.
He’s there because he has to be.
And they are there because they are convinced they have to be there too…
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