Sunday, March 22, 2009

Watch and Wait


1 "Then 2 the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.


3 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.


4 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, 5 for you know neither the day nor the hour.


(Matthew 25: 1 – 13)


The foolish virgins did not anticipate a delay and were unprepared when the bridegroom was long delayed. (v5)

St. Augustine in his Sermons, 93 wrote: "Watch with the heart, watch with faith, watch with love, watch with charity, watch with good works […]; make ready the lamps, make sure they do not go out […], renew them with inner oil of an upright conscience; then shall the Bridegroom enfold you in the embrace of his love and bring you into his banquet room, where your lamp can never be extinguished."

When I reflect on the above, I think of the message of 122108: Wait!


Why are you downcast, my soul; why do you groan within me? Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, my savior and my God." (Psalm 42: 6)

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