THEME: LAST MINUTE RUSH
Today, the Church evokes the memories of St. Monica’s son, Augustine. Augustine was a loose man, lost in immorality but saved by grace. The Gospel text of today presents us with ten virgins. Five are considered wise, the remaining five foolish. The difference between the wise and the foolish lies in the Extra Oil. In this way, the wise prepared themselves adequately for unforeseen circumstances and eventualities. They never took anything for granted. They avoided last minute rush. But the foolish didn’t . They waited for the last minute.
The different elements employed in the parable are very rich symbols: The virgins represent all Christians (the Church, the bride of Christ) waiting on the Bridegroom; the lamps stand for our faith; the oil is our prayer life, character & behavior that cannot be borrowed or shared.
Majority of us, love last minute rush:
1. We have an appointment by 10am, we will wait until 5 or 10mins to the time before we begin our journey. Reckless driving follows.
2. We have examinations on Monday, we’ll wait till Sunday night before we open our books.
3.We have our aged parents, we’ll wait till they die before think of building a house in the village.
4. Mass is by 8am, we’ll enter the bathroom by 7:45am.
This kind of last minute attitude has led to the loss of numberless lives, many have missed good luck, and many have even embarrassed themselves. St. Augustine encourages us, you aspire for great things? Begin with little ones. Hence, immediately after his conversion, he began a spiritual journey. He knew that every wise Christian must always be ready and relies not on the good works of others. He/she deepens his/her sense of virtue. He/she does this by a constant struggle every day to live a good life knowing that the Lord will come at an hour no one expects. Last minute rush e no good.
Give us grace to be ready at all times to welcome you, Our Lord and God. Amen!