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Matthew 25:1-13

The Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples, "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

Matthew 25:1-13
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    • Readiness, being alert, a sense of expectancy and hope, these are all things that Jesus tries to communicate through some of his parables.
    • The foolishness of the five was not only that they forgot to bring extra oil, but because they assumed the exact time that the groom was going to come.
    • I ask myself: Who am I in the parable? Am I willing to wait on God even when I don’t know how long it will take? Can I faithfully entrust myself to the unknown with the certainty of God’s goodness? Talk to Jesus about these things.
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    • This gospel helps us to focus on the here and now. It helps us to learn to live totally in the present, to seek and find God there. If we can do that, then all the rest will take care of itself. Whether the Groom arrives early or late, it will not matter as he has been constantly part of my everyday life.
    • Let us try to renew our commitment to God and to building and growing our relationship with God through regular prayer and reflection.
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    • Today we remember Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known as Edith Stein. She was a precocious girl born into a Jewish family in Germany. Her intellectual passion was for philosophy, always seeking the truth. After a long period where she rejected God, a casual encounter with the writings of Teresa of Avila led her to become a Catholic and then a cloistered Carmelite nun. Her life ended abruptly in the gas chambers of Auschwitz on the 9th of August 1942. She was canonised by Pope St John Paul II in 1998.
    • I stand in awe at how God works in persons, opening their hearts to his presence and his wisdom. Edith Stein was a “wise virgin” who welcomed the groom even though he arrived late, at night. I look at how God has been present in my own life, shaping me more and more into his own image. I express my gratitude, and ask for wisdom and inner freedom.
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    • Here Jesus gives us a picture of Jewish wedding customs in his time. The groom would take the bride from her father’s house to his own, but only when all negotiations had been completed: hence the delay in this case. A servant would alert the groom’s household that the couple were on their way. The foolish bridesmaids had to go off to find a late-night dealer in oil, so they were too late to welcome the couple.
    • Mary would have listened to this story: chat with her about the celebration she had had to let go of when betrothed to Joseph. What would she say to you about your daily readiness to welcome God into your life?
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    • This is a parable that can be undone by focusing on what seems like "selfishness" in the prepared bridesmaids. I need to ask the help of the Holy Spirit who inspired Jesus to speak in this way to help me to listen and humbly to learn.
    • Jesus tells us that there is a right time and a time when it will be too late. I ask God's help that I may realise what it is I might do now, how I might recognise the approaching bridegroom and welcome him.