Friday, August 31, 2007

The Virgins and the Lamps

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise. But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.

But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.
Matthew 25:1-13 (Douay-Rheims)


Dear Father throughout my life I've heard this passage when I've gone to Mass and stored in my heart. It made such an impact on me that I kept my heart full of love in spite of obstacles that would have drained it dry. I kept the fire burning within my soul for the day you would come. We can give love and continue to do so, but it is always God first that makes the oil in our heart sweet and full. The light that shines from this fragrant oil is a beacon for the bridegroom. May we live our lives loving God first and our neighbor as ourselves while keeping watch for the Bridegrooms appearance. Be steadfast and true to God, remove the taint of sin that makes foul odor of the oil of our hearts. May we be ever watchful and ready. Amen

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