In today’s Gospel, we hear about foolish and wise bridesmaids awaiting the bridegroom in the late hours of the night. The foolish ones did not bring enough oil to keep their lamps lit while the wise ones did, therefore only the wise went into the wedding feast.
So what does this parable have to do with us? Firstly the last verse “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour.” is a direct warning to us about the second coming of Christ. We think we may have years to prepare and allow ourselves to become complacent when in reality, we could be called tomorrow.
So why the wedding analogy? Christ is the bridegroom to the Church, his bride. If we, his marked chosen people make up the church, we all share in our wedding feast with Christ when he comes again. Even more exciting is we are invited every Sunday to partake in a heavenly feast at Mass.
“Trimmed their lamps…” To light or to prepare their lamps. Now we have a duty to keep our lamps lit, our lamp is what is going to guide us through the dark and into the light, our soul. We must remain in grace with God in order to be shown the way. The best way to keep enough oil in your lamp is by receiving the sacraments, constantly preparing in communication and communion with our Lord.
Allow your lamp to shine bright that others may be encouraged to trim their own and we can all go on the journey as one bridesmaid.