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FRIDAY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023






Gospel

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


Wisdom is seeing things from God's perspective. In today's Gospel, Our Lord tells us about the wise virgins and the foolish virgin. When the foolish virgins did not have oil, they asked the wise virgins for help. The oil represents our relationship with God. One cannot share this with others. This is why the bridegroom says to the foolish virgins: "I do not know you."


Understand that it is very wise to pray and to live a virtuous life. On the other hand, it is very foolish for you to neglect prayer and to neglect your relationship with God.




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