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Advent Meditation: Thursday, December 19, 2019By Javier Alanis
Psalm 50, [59,60] *or* 33 • Zechariah 4:1-14 • Matthew 25:1-13
We have all been to a wedding. We have seen the bridegroom waiting for the bride to arrive. The bridesmaids are the attendants who walk in first as if to announce that the bride is about to appear. In the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids Jesus uses a familiar wedding custom as a metaphor for readiness in a time of waiting. In this season of Advent, we prepare not only for the arrival of the Christ child in a manger. We are invited to recall that the child of the Christmas story will one day arrive as the adult bridegroom who will appear as the judge of the righteous and the unrighteous. The parable invites us to be ready for his second advent.
The wise bridesmaids took flasks of oil with them. The foolish did not. When the bridegroom arrives the foolish are without oil and unable to receive him. Because they are not ready the door of the banquet is closed behind them.
In the parable Jesus is instructing his followers to be ready at all times for his appearance. Our readiness depends on how we keep our lamps burning at all times. We do this by keeping our faith active in love and service of others. Our lives burn brightly as lamp lights in the world. You may have heard the song, “This little light of mine, let it shine, let it shine.” The wise let it shine every day!
Make us wise, Lord, to prepare for your advent through daily prayer, worship, sacraments, bible study, and faithful service.
The Rev. Javier ‘Jay’ Alanís, PhD, JD
Executive Director/Associate Professor of Theology
Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest
Adjunct Faculty-Senior Instructor
Seminary of the Southwest
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