The man of St Matthew

THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

The Coming of the Son of Man: Matthew 25

Matthew brings the public ministry of Jesus to a climax with two more parables and then the scene of the coming of the Son of Man.

We have read the first parable in chapter 24 (24,45-51). Evident already from this parable are themes which are continued with the next two: there is the theme of being wise and sensible (24,45; 25,2.15) and there is also the long delay of the return (24,50; 25,5.19).

We can therefore read each story in turn:

Mt 25,1-12: The parable of the ten virgins
25,14-30: The parable of the talents
25,31-46: The coming of the Son of Man in glory

We begin with our reading of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, 25,1-12.