Friday, September 01, 2006

Is Your Lamp Full or Empty?

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." Matthew 25:1-4

We have ten virgins, five who are ready, and five who are not. Jesus tells us the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Does it mean that half will be ready and half will not. That, I would say is quite a lot to not be allowed in heaven.
That doesn't say much for the other half either. It always made me wonder, am I one of those that waits until the last minute to make sure I am prepared for the bridegroom's coming. Have I made sure I stored up my virtues, filled up my graces.
Then I wonder that while living my life, I didn't prepare as I should, so at the last second when the bridegroom comes, am I the one in the confessional hoping to fill up with graces so I can enter after the bridegroom arrives.

We do know what we are to do, yet we don't do it. As I look back in my life, and to now, then I can say, Yes Lord I am ready. I have prepared myself for the coming of the bridegroom. As with the reading of yesterday, we are told to stay awake, today we are told to be ready. Are we?


Brother Lesser said...

My biggest problem is complacency. Often times I find myself in a comfortable place with my prayers and this smugness prevents my growth.

Thank you for this wonderful post!

Marie Cecile said...

Your Welcome Brother Lesser!