• Olivia M. Bannan



A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:1-13

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: ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 

Therefore, stay awake,

for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

When we prepare for vacation, we make a list of items we want to bring with us. We also check out the weather, currency, and make reservations for excursions. We want to be prepared so we have a current passport, travel insurance, and ask for vacation time from work. Depending where we are going, vaccinations and refills for our medicines are a must if we want to enjoy our vacation.

But there will always be the travellers who forget --forget contact lens cleaner, toothpaste, a sweater or jacket or international travel adapter. Do they forget because of inattention, lose their enthusiasm when finishing up the "to do list", or do they lack knowledge of what is needed? Worse case scenario, they just do not care because the missing items can always be bought at a later time.

The ten virgins were awaiting the bridegroom. Five were prepared and they were ready for him. Five were not sensible and arrived without the extra oil needed. And when the bridegroom arrived, either the foolish maidens expected others to bail them out or they thought the bridegroom would wait for them to obtain what they needed.

The five wise maidens desired a relationship with their beloved and did not want to forfeit the moment he showed up. They were ready.

We are asked to know what is needed while waiting for Jesus, our bridegroom. No one knows when that will be. But He will call us. Do we love, hope or care enough to be ready? Have we done what is needed? Do we follow the ten commandments? Are we disciplined enough to persevere? Do we show up to Church late, do we check our phones while at Mass, do we take advantage of Confession, do we set aside time for prayer, or bible study? Do we go to adoration? Do we know who awaits us? Do we work to love God more? Do we perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy?

May we not be left behind when the Bridegroom arrives because we will miss out on the wedding feast.

Today is the memorial of St Augustine. St Augustine shows us how to prepare for the Kingdom of Heaven. Please go here to read about him.

God Bless You

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