The last three weeks of the church calendar have been awfully depressing. Especially if we read them right.
Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
Must read Sylvia Keesmaat’s take on this one
Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
I’ve read tons of different interpretations of each story in this chapter and regardless of how you spin it, it is not looking good for most of us.
The way I read Jesus throughout this chapter is that we have one of two options. Either live out your life in solidarity with and in service to those who are sick, helpless, poor and in prison or identify as one of those people. Bottom line. There doesn’t seem to be any way out of this.
For everyone else there is you know…eternal fire and darkness seemingly right outside of the door to the party.
Quick everyone start remembering that one time you did something nice for a poor person, maybe that will be enough!