Monday, 9th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 25:1-13

Prayer Pointers:

To always be ready

To grow in discipleship

For those who serve a household

MATTHEW SETS THE PARABLE of the Ten Virgins as a commentary on all that has discussed in the verses prior: the Messiah will come and his followers must be ready. But what does that mean? Many interpreters have moved to allegory to explain this parable: the virgins are Christians, the closed door is Judgement Day, and so on. However, the oil that runs out has proven a challenge. Many suppose that the oil represents the good deeds of Christians, but in what way do good deeds run out, and how can they be bought or acquired?

Despite the temptation to assign meaning to every element in the parable, it seems more profitable to read it “straight:” the groom is on the way, and the point for those waiting is to be ready. The parable presents the waiting group as caught off guard by the appearance of the groom—and the difference is preparation! Perhaps our experiences of hurricane season are a more apt parable in our world. Plans may go awry (where will the hurricane make landfall, how strong is it, etc.) but preparation or readiness does not. Learning first aid, packing a “go bag,” having supplies or a generator or a safe place to retreat is about preparation, and being prepared survives the collapse of all plans.

For the Christian, being prepared begins with the knowledge that Jesus is not “out on the horizon,” arriving on some unknown future date, but is alive and on the move now, ready to be encountered in the neighbor. When we minister to others, we put ourselves in position to meet the Lord. There are opportunities, but an opportunity opens and closes like a door. Preparation for those encounters of grace means each disciple must prepare with skills and knowledge to be ready “for you know not the hour.” Let’s keep our lamps trimmed and burning!

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.