Reading: Matthew 25: 1-13
Verse 6: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!”
In our parable today, ten bridesmaids await the arrival of the bridegroom. The festivities cannot begin until he arrives and ushers in all of the bridesmaids. It will be quite a party. A wedding banquet lasted days and was a demonstration of all that the host family could offer. It was an event full of joy and laughter and celebration. Of course these ten bridesmaids cannot wait!
Then the shout goes out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” What excitement! But when the bridegroom arrives we find that five of them were not really prepared. They only came with some oil in their lamps and must go and to get more. There must have been some indecision at this point – stay and hope I have enough? Go and get more oil? All must have wished they had filled their lamps before coming to the banquet. All must have wished they were prepared when the call came that the bridegroom was on the way. It is sad that they cannot enter the banquet.
But what joy for those who were prepared, for the five who did get to enter the wedding banquet. They step inside and see the beautiful hall, well-decorated for the occasion. They smell the lavish and tasty food prepared for the celebration. They can sense the emotional buzz, the excitement. The five step inside the door that the bridegroom hols open for them and they become a part of this beautiful and glorious scene.
One day we too will stand at that door. One day we too will have the opportunity to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” As we read the Word of God each day, we hear the call of God’s love. As we pray and get connected to God, we sense His love covering us as we pray. As we worship, we are in God’s presence. We are preparing for the day. All these ways we connect to and experience God in the day to day of life are just glimpses of the day to come. It’s just a small taste of the moment we walk through that door and enter forever into God’s light and love. What a glorious and beautiful day it will be! Amen and amen.