The man of St Matthew


Chapter 25: Overview

We took our overview of the final discourse when we looked at chapter 24. That chapter ended with the parable of the faithful and unfaithful servants (24,45-51). We saw how that was the first parable of a sequence.

Matthew in chapter 25 now brings the public ministry of Jesus to a climax with the other two parables in the sequence. These are followed by the scene of the coming of the Son of Man.

We have already read the first parable with chapter 24. Present in this parable are themes which are continued with the two in this chapter: 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 on its own page:

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

These three scenes are read as the Gospel on the final three Sundays of the Year (32nd and 33rd Sundays and Christ the King).

We begin with our reading of the parable of the ten virgins, 25,1-12.