Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082616.cfm
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.”
On the surface this appears to be just about planning ahead and being prepared. But Jesus is telling us that we have to prepare our own journey to Him. We cannot borrow from others or use their “lamp” we must prepare ourselves for the day the Lord comes. When He comes we must be ready, we cannot depend on others to get us to Christ. Your journey is your own and if you are not ready, you cannot blame anyone else.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my journey has been fraught with many problems, mostly of my own making. Thank you for guiding me around the hills and valley’s I have encountered and allowing me to make this journey my own to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.