“What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answers that question with a parable.
We have our own question: “Who am I in this parable?” But a better question is “Who is Jesus for me in the parable?”
Advent draws us to the Lord who comes. We might even say that Advent really does begin in creation as the Father through His Eternal Word breathes His Spirit over the depths of darkness and calls into existence that the culmination of things that are not.
In many ways [this text] brings to mind Judgement Day and the separation of the sheep from the goats when Christ the King comes to take His treasured possession home to be with Him in the courts of everlasting life.