Is it fair?

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Friday September 1st - First Friday

Matthew 25:1-13

I have always had trouble dealing with today's Gospel passages. So please forgive me if I make no sense whatsoever. The biggest problem I have is the fact that the "wise" virgins are so "uncharitable". I mean, really, couldn't they spare some of their oil while they were waiting? Couldn't they share? Couldn't they provide both themselves and the foolish virgins with light as they waited? Perhaps, but perhaps the bridegroom would long be delayed in His coming again. Then what? Both the foolish and the "wise" would be without lamp.

Sometimes the Gospel messages can seem harsh but then again life is often harsh. When it comes down to it only I can be prepared to meet the Lord, the bridegroom. While here on earth it is Jesus and we but come judgement day it will be Jesus and me. I can try all I want to encourage others to fill their lamps and their flasks but ultimately I am responsible for my own alone. No one can fill it or keep it filled for me.

Like the disciples, you and I may say, "this is a hard saying." We may "feel" that it isn't fair but in reality it is. This passage should make us realize that we are all waiting on the same thing, the bridegroom, Christ. We have all been given the opportunity to choose Christ or choose the world. We have been presented with the option of looking forward to the banquet or feasting now. We have been given the option of saving our oil for the dark hour before dawn or wasting our light upon the darkness. The passage is fair but the passage is hard.

I should also notice that there is no mention of a bride but only a bridegroom and virgins. Here I should see that the bride is the Church and the Church is made up of both the foolish and the wise. Simply "belonging" to the Church is not enough. I must keep my flask full through prayer, fasting, and good works. Only then will I be able to go out and meet Him!

Lord Jesus, help me to not waste a single moment of the time You have given me. Help me to keep my flask full so that I may be ready for Your return. Give wisdom to the foolish.

- "Do grant, oh my God, that when my lips approach Yours to kiss You, I may taste the gall that was given to You; when my shoulders lean against Yours, make me feel Your scourging; when my flesh is united with Yours, in the Holy Eucharist, make me feel Your passion; when my head comes near Yours, make me feel Your thorns; when my heart is close to Yours, make me feel Your spear."- St. Gemma Galgani

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