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Gospel Reflection for November 12

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

November 12, 2017 — Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 25:1-13
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Most of us remember tornado, earthquake, and fire drills in school. We never knew when the warning signal would blare, letting us know it was time to take cover or exit the building. The teachers made sure there were batteries in the flashlights and that they were working properly. After all, what good is a flashlight if it doesn’t shine brightly to lead the way? Both teachers and students took steps to be prepared in case of a natural disaster so that all would be safe.

In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus is expressing the same thing—the importance of being prepared for our heavenly kingdom. Today’s Gospel said that ten virgins took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Jesus said that five of them were foolish because they had their lamps, but didn’t bring extra oil for later. The wise virgins brought plenty of oil for their lamps. As they waited for the bridegroom’s arrival, all ten of them fell asleep as their lamps burned. When the bridegroom finally arrived, only five of the virgins had enough oil to escort him to the wedding. The other five were out of oil and were not able to attend.

We don’t know the day or the hour for Jesus’ second coming. Jesus wants us to be prepared at all times so that we will have enough oil in our lamp to enter his heavenly home. There won’t be an opportunity for afterthought, last-minute repentance, or bargaining. If we live each day as though Jesus was coming today, we would be ready, living a life of holiness, eager and ready to meet him.

Read last week's reflection.