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Working Preacher commentary is here.
Let me start out by saying I’m opposed to the very premise in this parable, that women should be sitting around in the dark, just waiting for some guy to arrive.
Point - Story
I know, I know. That’s not the point of the story.
But some days it is for me.
Days - Matthew - Assumptions - Role - Women
Some days I need to question Matthew’s assumptions about the role of women. Every day I need to question our country’s motives too. (I live in the US, but these issues may be relevant in other ways in your countries too).
It’s easy to preach this text to say that everyone needs to take care of their own oil.
World - Access - Lots - Oil - Lamps
But we live in a world where some of us have access to lots of oil and can fill up our lamps whenever we want to, while others do not have access to the same stores and stockpiles.
I can’t read this text without thinking about the ways I can casually explain away my privilege and opportunity while ignoring how difficult it is for other bridesmaids to have the same resources and opportunities to even make it to the party.
Bridesmaids - Prejudice - Oil - Lamps - Employees
While other bridesmaids face racial prejudice when they go to buy oil for their lamps, with employees following them in the store because they don’t look like they belong, I waltz in and get what I need from courteous employees.
Other bridesmaids are so busy securing bottled water for their children in Flint, or in Louisiana—how are they supposed to also remember to get oil for their lamp? That’s something I’ve never, once, had to spend time and worry on.
Bridesmaids - Days - Sons - Hands - Police
Some bridesmaids spend their days worrying that their young black sons will die at the hands of police for no reason at all. How much time do those mother bridesmaids have to worry about extra oil...
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