Scripture: Matthew 25: 1-13
Key verse: (13) “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Reflection: Cleaning or clearing out is very rewarding for me. I just got rid of Christmas chair covers, a snowman Jello mold and four bags of Christmas bows. If I am not putting it up this year, it is going to Crisis Assistance Ministry. I know there is someone who needs one of the seven Christmas T-shirts I own.
We invest in so much STUFF that does not prepare us to see God’s Kingdom. That is the mistake of the foolish. Not only do we waste our money but we waste our time shopping for all of this stuff.
What is helpful in preparing us to see God’s kingdom? It may be the Advent wreath your family gathers around each Sunday in Advent or the Nativity set with each character that slowly appears at the manger. It could also be eyes that study God’s word or watch with wonder for God’s work in the world. As hard as it is, we could prepare to see God’s kingdom by listening to the cries of God’s children all over the world instead of ignoring anything painful. What is required in this time of Advent waiting is investing in all that prepares us for the coming of God and God’s kingdom.
The mistake of the unwise bridesmaids was not that they were tired. It was that they ran out of oil. What are you waiting for? Do you have enough light to endure the long days and nights of waiting? I wonder if this parable is a message about how we are to be the Church together. Preparing together for the coming of Christ, investing in our work and helping each other through the longest night is what the Church is all about.
Prayer: Wake me up, God, to seek the Christ child. Make me aware of the pain so many bear, even as I am confident in your healing. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].