30 Aug
Friday of the 21st week in ordinary time
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 / Matthew 25:1-13
By: Fr. De Souza

In today’s Gospel, we hear the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. Through this parable, Jesus intends to teach us about the virtue of being both prepared and watchful. 

Unfortunately for the foolish virgins, there were neither…when the bridegroom arrived, they were asleep and their lamps had gone off for lack of oil.

After meditating on this Gospel, two things called my attention.

The first is that there are things that cannot be obtained quickly, they require time and effort (money too). This applies, for example, to faith, knowledge, piety, love. These precious things cannot just be bought out of a shelve...they need to be cultivated. 

The second is that there are things that cannot be borrowed from other people, we need to have it ourselves. Examples are again: faith, knowledge, piety, love... 

A person will not be able to borrow faith from his pious mother or priest when trials come. Similarly, a student will not acquire knowledge and get good grades by borrowing knowledge from a classmate...he needs to work for it.

Let us humbly pray today for the blessing of being always ready and to start cultivating the important things that we must have till the end.

Have a blessed day. 
St. Luigi Orione, pray for us.
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