Sunday Devotional: Are you prepared?

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.

The above passage from Matthew 25 is a sobering reminder of our mortality — that our time on this mortal coil is short and fleeting.

Both wisdom and prudence mean being careful, exercising good judgment in avoiding risks and hazards, and learning from our mistakes. So be wise, be prepared, and make sure there is “oil” in our “lamps,” for we know “neither the day nor the hour” of our end.

Wisdom 6:12, 15

Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her….
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care….

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May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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5 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Are you prepared?

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.

    kommonsentsjane

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  2. Amen, Dr. Eowyn!
    the devil (and his supporters) celebrates encouraging people to ‘do as thou wilt’ where there is no thought to consequences, no time for wisdom, no time given for prayer…but enough time for every indulgence and vice.
    “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” Proverbs 14:16

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  3. When I was a boy, I thought it would take forever to reach the age of 20. When I turned 20, the age of 30—let alone 40!—seemed an Eternity away. Over the years I have learned of former classmates of mine who are now dead!
    At the age of 61—an age which a number of people I used to know never reached—the brevity of life is impressing itself upon my awareness. How fleeting life is!
    The movie stars from my childhood are, almost all, dead.
    The sports stars from my childhood are, almost all, dead.
    The rock stars from my childhood are, almost all dead.

    We know from human reason alone that, as there is undeniable design and order in the Universe, there must be an Intelligence behind it. And, thanks to Hagmann & Hagmann and their frequent guest, Dr. Ted Broer, we know that quantum physics has unlocked a large number of secrets once previously concealed.
    When St. Paul went to Athens, he was shown a “Hall of gods,” and they came upon “an unknown god.” The Greeks explained to him that maybe there was a God, unknown to them at that time, who would Have To Reveal Himself to them. The Ancient Greeks took human reason as far as they could take it.
    We also have the Holy Shroud of Turin and Christ’s Burial Chamber, and the contain solid forensic evidence supporting His Real and Historical Resurrection.
    When looking upon this Life and what comes afterward, we must agree with Thomas Edison—an atheist!—and admit, “We do not know one one-millionth of a percent about anything.”
    Character and Destiny are FIXED at the moment of Death. This Life is a prep school, a Pilgrimage for ETERNITY.
    Are we prepared? (Am I???)

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  4. I had a visiting priest discuss this in today’s homily. He is in his eighties and very “spry”. I think an important take away from today’s readings is that we are designed to grow in Grace. If we are “prepared”, aware and wise, we will. As we age we should resemble Jesus more and more. If we don’t, we’re doing something wrong.

    Another note he had was about “empathy”. As Christians, when we look at one another we should see the face of Christ. Many times there is nothing to be done for a problem or sorrow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t simply hug someone and be with them in their grief.

    Americans especially, have an unstated belief that everything is “fixable”. Europeans and others do not automatically assume this. It is an inaccurate assumption to believe that all problems are somehow anomalies and require “fixing”.

    What we need to learn is to be silent, ask for guidance and to seek wisdom. We need to “put on Christ”. We must be wise, we must be prepared.

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