Bible Verse of the Day – Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
10 While the [five foolish virgins] went off to buy [the oil for their lamps], the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked.Matthew 25:1-13
11 Afterwards, the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
12 But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
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Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections
Jesus explains to us how going to the Kingdom of Heaven will be like is this parable of the ten virgins. So let us give some flesh to the bone.
The ten virgins are all of us who are alive and live in this world. The wise virgins are those of us who have heard, understood and practised the teachings of Christ while the foolish virgins are those who heard but did not understand the teachings of Christ or understood but did not practice them.
The lamps are our hearts, while the oil for our lamps is the good values and good deeds that Jesus Christ, the bridegroom, teaches us to do. The merchants are our pastors, priests or our fellow faithful who we go to for confessions, prayers and good counsel. The midnight is the unknown day or the hour when Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, will come again to take the righteous ones to Heaven for the everlasting wedding feast while closing the door of Heaven on the wicked ones who will be thrown away to the fiery Gehennah.
Jesus uses this parable to enlighten us of how going to the Kingdom of Heaven will be very unpredictable. He instructs us that since no one knows the day or the hour when He will come to judge the living and the dead, we should be prepared all the time by always doing Gods work and Loving Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and loving our neighbours as ourselves.
Therefore, let us not be caught unawares when Jesus comes back to gather His harvest back to Heaven, because He has already warned us about it. Let Jesus never say to us, “I do not know you.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we want to join You in the everlasting wedding feast in Heaven. You have told us that no one knows the day or the hour when You will come for us on the last day. Therefore, be with us always so that we can resist all evils that can deplete the oil reserve in our hearts. Help us to always do the will of God by loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and mind and loving our neighbours as ourselves. Amen.
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