Friday, November 04, 2011

The Parable of the Ten Virgins (with John Bergsma) (Sunday's Gospel)

This Sunday the Gospel reading is taken from Matthew once again and relates Jesus' parable of the Ten Virgins. We were honored to have John Bergsma with us on this episode of the podcast. Here are our thoughts. I hope you enjoy it! Please leave your comments on the podcast.

Podcast: "Jesus' Shocking Words About the Pharisees in Matthew 23")(31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A) [right click to download]


AnDrew said...

Michael the Kosher Laws are lived in a natural law way and Catholics do not even know it.

kosher Law is and was foremost health law. eg bloody meat not hung properly is dangerous.
that blood combined with dairy is dangerous. Salt trampled on is no longer anti bacterial, gold and silver chalices are antibacterial, wine is antibacterial, yeast is a dangerous culture, the horns on the alter were for butchering the sacrifice and the sacrefice had to be the best because it feed the priests, circumcision keeps the head of the penis more sanitary. The offals were removed from the camp and not to be eaten ect etc

Martin said...

I had hoped for a few words about the wise virgins refusing to help the foolish. Christian charity of course looks to images of an overflowing cup and lamps that burn eternally. The refusal in english even uses the word" may" run out. I can insert may own ideas of what the refusal may mean but nothing comes to me that seems to flow depute the reading.

John Bergsma said...

Martin: If the "oil" represents "works befitting repentance", similar to the wedding garment of the parable of some weeks ago, then perhaps the reason that the wise virgins don't help is that good works are not imputable to another person. I can't transfer my acts of repentance to my neighbor, although I can pray for my neighbor's repentance. In this case, the plot of the parable would be dictated more by the realities being symbolized than by the putative narrative logic of the parable itself. Just an idea.