I Corinthians 1: 17-25
Matthew 25: 1-13
Both readings this morning talk about wisdom and who is truly wise. In the gospel Jesus tells us to be like the wise bridesmaids. We are to be men and women who pray constantly. This will keep us alert until the Lord’s return – whether that will be at the end of time or when the Lord comes to call each one of us individually. Praying regularly helps keep us ready.
Another way to ready ourselves is to look at the situations in our lives that may cause us to lose hope. Perhaps a lost job or an economy that is killing us. Perhaps we received a bad diagnosis at our last doctor’s appointment. Maybe we are grieving the loss of a loved one, or one of our sons or daughters has left the Church or is in the throes of addiction. Maybe we ourselves have become fed up with the Church and think we may be losing our faith. We wouldn’t be the first and we certainly won’t be the last to do so. But the truly wise person finds the answer to all of life’s problems in the folly of the cross – the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Word made flesh who laid down his life for love of us.
Faith is wisdom, and it requires perseverance. But we must always remember as St Paul says, “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength”. (I Cor 1: 25)
- Fr. Damian Towey, CP is a member of the community at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center,North Palm Beach,Florida.