On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 31, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Stay awake! Second reminder…. You may not get another one… Sounds something like mum and dad would say, still it is call out of love and for love.

Many have fallen asleep to their call to Holiness. To being a follower and disciple of Christ. They have become lazy and ill disciplined. Thinking it is okay to be late for the Eucharist, prayer meetings, fellowships and so on. They have forgotten that their sisters and brothers are not the ones waiting for them to show but Christ Jesus himself. They think there are others more qualified to share Jesus with their own family and friends, which in a way is true because they have not made the time or taken the effort to deepen their relationship with Him, to know Him by His Word. Still many like them think they are smart and know enough, even to share a less gory depiction of what Jesus endured, for to them his death is not important but knowledge and believe in Him is enough. Fools!

Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. He paid a huge and heavy debt for our sins by enduring cruel torture and death. He hung on a cross out of great love for you and for me. And it is through this great sign of love that we have been redeemed. By His resurrection we have hope joy and Peace in our hearts. For even when we die, we know we will be raised to live our new life with and in Him.

Stay awake and be ready. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 1:17-25
We preach a crucified Christ, the power and wisdom of God

Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed. The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Gospel

Matthew 25:1-13
The wise and foolish virgins

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’

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