Feast and Faith: Wait and Be Ready, Ages 11-18 (11/12/17)
For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about what it means to wait and be ready for Christ. While we wait, how can we begin to prepare ourselves for his arrival so that we can be ready to let God fully into our lives.
Prayer - O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer Proper 27)
Discussion – In Matthew 25:1-13, there are ten bridesmaids that are waiting to meet the bridegroom. Some of the bridesmaids did not bring enough oil and they had to wait a long time for the bridegroom. When they left to buy more oil, the bridegroom came and they went to the wedding.
- Compare the opening verse here to the one in Matt 22:2a. What is the difference?
- Why do you think one of the readings is placed in the present and the other in the future?
- In this parable, who do you think the bridegroom represents? The girls? The lamps?
- Why is it important to be prepared for Jesus’ return?
- How can we be prepared for Jesus’ return?
Final nugget – We have a responsibility to Jesus to be ready for his return, but when you think about doing that, it can be really really hard. One thing that we can do to make ourselves ready for Jesus is to choose to let him into our hearts every day. This small, but intentional, step allows us to focus our priorities more in line with God.