Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sleepers, wake!

"10 Virgins"

Today's gospel, of course, is the parable of the wise and foolish virgins - the wedding attendants. You can read it for yourself at Matthew 25: 1-13.

Here's something Jerry Goebel says as part of a study on this parable:
When [Christ] does arrive it will be at the very last possible moment. Everything will seem absolutely dark except for the tiny flame he has given us to bear. Will he find us ready? We are not to be concerned over the brightness of our flame. Our one concern must be, “Is my candle lit?” Is my candle lit and held up for all to see? A small candle is incredibly bright when the surrounding world is completely dark.
I love that last sentence for I have always believed that "it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."

We are moving toward Advent once more - a time (for the Northern Hemisphere) of ever increasing darkness in the natural world. This is a wonderful parable to bring our attention to this time of preparation.

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