This parable teaches the importance of readiness for the arrival of Jesus, who is symbolised by a bridegroom. The wise bridesmaids, who were prepared for his coming, are contrasted with the foolish ones, who were not.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
In St Luke’s gospel, we read how Christ told three parables about God’s mercy towards sinners. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In this intriguing story, he spoke of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine of his one hundred sheep in the desert to go in search of just one who had gone … Continue reading The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Christ once told a story about how God is always ready to forgive our sins. It’s commonly known as ‘the parable of the prodigal son’, because the younger son in the story was ‘prodigal’, or reckless with money. The famous parable, from St Luke’s gospel, sits alongside two others on the subject of God’s mercy … Continue reading The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)