Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

August 26, 2016 –  Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.

Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Reflect: The Gospel today demonstrates the difference between the wise and the foolish – the ones prepared to welcome the bridegroom versus those who weren’t prepared.  In the first reading from Saint Paul to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”  To grasp this message, we need to take heed of the Gospel message that, once again, emphasizes, “…stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”  In this context, to “stay awake” means remaining receptive to the grace of God and to stay alert for his voice.  We can easily be lulled to sleep through the empty promises and vacant messaging that surrounds us daily.  Jesus wants us to be graced with his wisdom and his strength so that we can discern what is from him, and focus on the Truth that comes from God. That is what prepares us to enter the wedding feast not only in the Kingdom to come, but also in the present day. Being in relationship with Christ gives us something that can’t be bought or sold; neither can it be comprehended by human wisdom nor controlled by human strength.

Do I have a tendency to fall asleep and miss the opportunity to grow in my relationship with Christ? Do I desire to stay alert and seek the voice of God?

 

Pray: Loving God, thank you for your incomparable love and abundant grace that you generously pour out upon me. Wake me from my slumber. Help me to hear and listen to your voice constantly so that I might live as a true and faithful disciple.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Have mercy on us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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