Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 08-NOV-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 23 – Parables must not be taken literally, because they have many layers of meaning. In this parable, ten young women were standing by at a bride's home, waiting for the bridegroom to arrive so they could escort the bride and groom back to the groom's parents' home for the wedding and celebrations. But the groom was very late in arriving, and the women couldn't stay awake. When he at last arrived and the women were woken up from their sleep, five of them discovered that their lanterns had run out of oil; and as for the five who'd had the foresight to take along some spare oil, they refused to share it. This seems wrong, and it's more than disruptive and disturbing: it's contrary to what we know of Jesus and the reign of God. Jesus teaches us to share what we have with those who need it. This parable finishes with a warning, "Keep awake, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." Where do we observe God's presence and notice God's arrival? God is found in unexpected places and unexpected circumstances; when something beyond us touches us, could it be evidence of God among us? Listen to the messages within us: "God is not elsewhere."
Matthew 25: 1-13

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