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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Homily – Matthew 25:1 - 13 ©

The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.11.12


This parable is a rank betrayal of the way.

The writers and editors of Matthew’s gospel, did not understand the basic meaning of the most prevalent of Jesus’ teaching, which is that the last will be first and the first will be last.

Those imposters in the early church betrayed the teaching of Jesus providing justification for the miser, to those who would withhold from others the gifts they had under the mistaken notion that the gifts of heaven are distributed according to some standard other than the selfless love God has for all of God’s children.

A person is not rewarded in the way because they are smart, people are not punished because they are foolish or unprepared.

The commandment that Jesus has issued are simple: Love one another, as I have loved you.

A Christian is to love God with all their heart, and all their strength and all their mind. They are to love their neighbor even as they love themselves. Jesus teaches us that within these words are contained the entire code of the law, and all of the teachings of the prophets.

Jesus expressed his understanding if this law in the most beautiful synthesis: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

This parable, that the writers of Matthew saw fit to include in the gospel, is a betrayal of the teaching of Jesus.

They put a lie in his mouth, doing great damage to everyone who sought to follow in the way after them.

The False Bridesmaids and the False Groom

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time