How should the Bible’s addressees understand the parable of the wise and foolish virgins at the outset of Matthew 25? In what way does the metaphor of lamp oil relate to the story of the foolish stewards? How does the marketplace, first mentioned in chapter 20, frame our understanding of the final judgment and the commandment to care for the weaker neighbor? This week’s discussion challenges popular interpretations of Lenten piety and raises questions about the way in which Christians identify with current events.
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