It is only late August, but already the liturgical readings introduce themes associated with the final weeks of the liturgical year and the beginning of a new one; be ready, keep watch; you know not the day nor the hour. Of course, these themes are not limited to a particular time of the year. Each day at Eucharist, we pray, “as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” The last words of the book of Revelation, “Maranatha,” “Come, Lord Jesus,” remain the watchwords of the Christian community.
None of us know when the Lord will come again. Saint Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, reminds them and us that until that time comes, we must root ourselves in the wisdom of God and not the wisdom of the world which God has made foolish. The “word of the cross” is the wisdom of God spoken for all time as God’s power to save. To hear this word requires a readiness to listen and respond.
In the gospel, ten virgins awaited the coming of the bridegroom. They all fell asleep during the delay of the bridegroom, but the wise ones were prepared when the cry came of his arrival. Daily the Lord comes to us in many disguises and at unexpected times. We are asked to make time and space for him when he comes. This gospel parable, coupled with Saint Paul’s beautiful meditation on the cross in the first reading, offers something of a wake-up call to us similar to that of the ten virgins. Are we wise or foolish? We are wise when we see all of reality through the lens of the saving death of Jesus as celebrated in the Eucharist.
Let Us Pray:
“Be vigilant at all times and pray.” (Gospel acclamation)
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