Pastors Desk: Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 11th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th November 2017 - Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

bridesmaidsToday we have the parable of the bridesmaids who go out to meet the bridegroom. We know that some were wise and took extra oil and the others were foolish and made no provision for any delay in his arrival.

In Palestine at that time it was the custom for villagers to line the route from the groom’s house to the bride’s home on the day of a wedding. They would be accompanied by what we call bridesmaids today. As they didn’t know what time the groom would come it was important that they were ready and prepared for the visit. We know what happened in today’s parable and how some were disappointed.

We would never set out on a long car journey late at night with the fuel tank low or almost empty for fear that we might not reach the next filling station in time and be stranded in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road or motorway.

As his followers, that fuel or oil for us is our spiritual relationship with God. It’s easy for us to run out of ‘fuel’ due to our busy lives or wrongly thinking that we are self-sufficient. We need to be better prepared spiritually for that second coming of Christ or the ‘Parousia’ as it is often referred to in Church teaching. But it’s more than just filling up our spiritual lamps once a week. We need to top up that oil daily in prayer and by doing acts of kindness for others in his name. By doing this, we reduce the risk of getting caught out like those in today’s Gospel.

Fr Gerry