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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 30, 2019

Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 ;

Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 10-12;

Gospel MT 25:1-13


 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.


Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'  Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'  But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.'  While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!'  But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'


Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

 

Reflection


Be alert and ready

 

While preparing a retreat for Sisters, I thought of ‘second coming of Jesus’ as a topic to speak of. To know the relevance of the topic I discussed it with few consecrated people.  “It is a Protestant spirituality and the Charismatic people hold on to it,” many of them said. They were not even aware that it was the one of the main teachings of Jesus Christ and all the Gospels speak of it. Whether one is aware or not, at least once a day (in Rosary) we recite the creed and strongly proclaim that we all believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ. And in practical life we do not believe, to admit humbly.


The Gospel today warns us that this second coming can happen at any time. We must be prepared. Otherwise we will be like the foolish virgins who had no oil for their lamps. The preparation for welcoming Jesus will happen only when we live in the thought of ‘after life’. Least, we will be entangled in the pleasures of this world. Therefore, St. Paul exhorts Thessalonians to lead a holy life being freed of slavery to the bodily passions. Paul was speaking to them in the context of the Second coming of Jesus as he speaks in the remaining part of the passage that we read in the First reading.

We might illustrate the need for readiness in a different way. Firemen are trained and equipped to fight fires. They know there will be fires, but they don’t know when. And so they are in a constant state of readiness, even when they sleep. Their clothing is all laid out so they can quickly dress and get to the fire. Sometimes I see the fire truck outside the grocery store where I shop. The firemen are in the store, buying food. But they also have their portable radios in hand, ready to rush out if word of a fire is received.

 

Living in view of the second coming of Jesus will help us to re-prioritise our values in life. Certain values that we hold on now may turn to be less-valuable. We will be doing things that are more meaningful. The thought of second coming of Jesus will motivate each of us to fill the lamp our life with the oil of love. May our light continue to shine (Mt 5:16).



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