Friday, 30 August 2019 : 21st Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we listened to the words of the Scripture speaking to us and reminding us the importance for us to be ever prepared and ever ready for the Lord, whenever it is and not to take our lives and the many opportunities which God has given us for granted. The Lord has blessed us with numerous chances and opportunities, wanting us all to find our way to Him, and be reconciled with Him fully.

However, many of us chose to remain indifferent and obstinate, refusing to believe in God and in the love and mercy which He has generously given to us, and despite all the reminders which we have received all these while. We gave in to our temptations and to the many allures of the devil and the fallen angels, leading us to be complacent in life and in continuing to live in the state of sin all these while.

And that is why the Lord is reminding us through today’s Gospel passage, when He Himself told His disciples to be prepared and be wise as the five women in the parable He chose to teach them with, the five bridesmaids who were prepared with extra oil for their lamps that when the groom was held up in coming, they still had enough oil for their lamps and unlike the five other bridesmaids who did not prepare beforehand and were caught off-guard.

This parable in fact is a very important reminder to each and every one of us, as the bridesmaids truly represent all of us mankind who are awaiting the coming of the bridegroom, which is none other than Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. In the Book of Revelation of St. John the Apostle, God Himself made it very clear that He will come back and claim us all, and He is depicted as the Lamb of God, the Bridegroom of the Church, the bride of the Lamb of God.

And He will come again as He has said, as certain as it can be. However, the timing of His coming will be most unpredictable and most uncertain as it can be uncertain. No one in this world know of the exact moment of His coming, and the Lord Himself had said that the moment will catch many by total surprise and it will end up being too late for those who have always tarried and delayed, and refused to do what they should have done.

How should we all prepare ourselves then, brothers and sisters in Christ? It is by heeding what St. Paul had written to the Church and the faithful in the city of Thessalonica, in which he urged the people to live righteously and to devote themselves to God to the best of their abilities, to follow God’s ways and to walk in His path following what He has taught them and revealed to them through the Holy Spirit.

And the same calling therefore has been made to all of us, to follow God’s path and to obey His will, to listen to Him and to dedicate ourselves to Him as best as we are able to. The Lord has taught us and revealed to us what we should do, as He has passed it on to us through His Church, and therefore, we should follow the teachings of the Church and do our very best to live our lives as how He has taught us.

Let us not wait any longer and be complacent in our lives, but instead be ever vigilant and sincere in living our lives with faith. Let our every actions, our every words, deeds and interactions with one another be filled with true faith, with genuine love for God and with true love for our fellow brothers and sisters, showing care, compassion and concern for all those who are needy and who are suffering.

May the Lord, our loving God, He Who has promised to come again to be reunited perfectly with us, show us His love always, and may He strengthen us all to be able to live courageously in His presence with faith, now and always. Amen.

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