“Keep awake, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
How many of us have been keeping that commandment of Jesus from our gospel today all too literally this week as we waited for election results?
I’m usually asleep at a deeply unfashionable 10 p.m., but on Tuesday night, actually Wednesday morning, I was up at 1:30 a.m. waiting for returns. I did that even though I knew full well it would be very unlikely for us to have a final result on day one, two, or even three of this election week.
We spent all week knowing neither the day nor the hour of a conclusive election result, and honestly it’s been one more exhausting ordeal in a year full of them.
It was a little 2020-ish in our story from the Gospel of Matthew as Jesus tells it.
This is not a happy group of women waiting in the house for the result.
You might say they were divided.
You might say they were polarized.
You might say they were unable to find common ground.
I feel like maybe half of the room was painted blue and the other half red.
The interesting thing was they all had lamps. But only half of them had oil.Continue reading